Quick -- What is your business' cybersecurity plan?

If you’re a small business operator, don’t think hackers aren’t attracted to you. Entrepreneur Magazine recently ran a story, relying on data provided by computer security company Symantec, indicating that small businesses with one to 250 employees suffered 30 percent of all cyber crimes this past year. The message here? You do need to establish a cybersecurity plan to protect your small business.


The Entrepreneur story offers some basic steps all small businesses should employ to defend their companies from cyber criminals. The first? Install anti-virus software on your computers. It’s true that this software won’t catch every virus that comes your company’s way. Nevertheless computers are easy targets if you don’t have anti-virus software set up on them.

E-mail Skills

Many hacks start with employees accidentally opening suspicious e-mail messages. That is why, Entrepreneur suggests that small business owners constantly remind their workers to delete any suspicious e-mail messages, even if they are supposedly coming from people they know. Business owners need to emphasize to employees, too, to not click links they find after opening suspicious e-mail messages.

Protect Yourself

Entrepreneur recommends, too, that you employ firewalls at your business. This can prevent hackers from accessing your inbound and outbound traffic. Just as important, firewalls can protect your company from your employees, walling off their access to potentially dodgy Web sites.