Happy June and Happy Internet Safety Month! In a world where one in five IT professionals has experienced a malicious attack on their systems or accounts in the past year, Internet safety and security are more top of mind than ever.
As a small business, you need to be smart about how you protect your most valuable data and information, and we’re here to give you to the tools and resources to protect your organization. It’s important to understand possible threats, identify your organization’s security weaknesses, and establish processes to address internet and device safety, and protect the organization from risks.
Over the next four Fridays in June, we will offer up a new tip for SMBs on how to handle internet safety in their company.
Tip #1: Create Internet Browsing Awareness: Whether it’s while perusing websites or checking email, employees need to be aware of suspicious activity and links. As a company, establish internet browsing guidelines. For example, do you block all social media? Video streaming? Music streaming? Also what categories of sites do you block due to inappropriate content or potentially suspicious activity? Put these rules and regulations into a document that you share with employees on their first day of work and post it where it can be found at any time.
Email fraud and phishing is another very serious threat, mostly because of how common it is. According to recent research we conducted, phishing is a top 3 concern among IT teams (behind malware and hacking). Prepare employees to look for potential phishing attempts that are designed to steal personal and valuable information. Safeguard your company by understanding the key signs of a fraudulent email and communicating them to employees. Have employees ask the 5 questions below if they suspect a phishing attempt. If they can answer ‘yes’ to one or more, the email might be suspicious.
Stay tuned next week for Tip #2 in support of Internet Safety Month!