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Top 6 Cyber Hygiene Practices Every SME Should Follow

Top 6 Cyber Hygiene Practices Every SME Should Follow

Harshajit Sarmah

Over the past couple of years, the world has witnessed some of the most notorious cyber-attacks. While big companies across the world have started taking things seriously and have started strengthening their cybersecurity infrastructure, many small companies are still in denial. However, it is high time now that these companies start maintaining cyber hygiene.

Cyber hygiene is nothing but the practices and precautions that a company or an individual should take. It is just as important as personal hygiene — it not only helps in keeping your data safe and well-protected but also helps in protecting an organisation’s computer systems from outside attack.  

In today’s business world, data is the most valuable asset for any organisation, and it is imperative that you take the most protective measures to keep your data safe. However, sometimes, you don’t need a huge enterprise security team with a lot of solutions in its arsenal — all you need to do is follow some basic practices. In this article, we are going to have look at some basic cyber hygiene steps that every small company should take in order to establish a strong cybersecurity infrastructure.

Risk And Threat Identification

When you start out to set a cybersecurity infrastructure, make sure you first identify the threats and the risk they pose. This is the first and foremost thing every small company should before spending any amount on security tool.


So make sure you figure out all the potential threats and the risk they pose. By doing so, you would be able to figure out what solutions you would require.  Also, have at least one Cybersecurity professional in your team with significant experience and who is capable of doing the threat analysis for your organisation.

Have A Strong Cybersecurity Policy

Your data should be your priority and in order to secure that data, you must take sincere, serious and quick action towards all kind of threats, irrespective of the severity and size. Cybersecurity hygiene is all about the continuous effort to address risks in real time. So, make sure your company has the policy to deal with threats — even if it’s just about antivirus to stop viruses and malware.  

Also, don’t forget to introduce a training module for all the employees. When you are a small company with a small team, it is easy to train your employees — train on every possible aspect of cybersecurity.

Look Out For Third Party Support

Having a dedicated in house cybersecurity is team is always considered to be good. However, there are times when you need some support from outside the office. This is where third parties come in. And seeking party support doesn’t necessarily mean you would have to spend a heavy amount. There are dedicated third parties for small companies and startups who would provide all the necessary support at budget.

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While third parties take care of all your cybersecurity infrastructure, you get time to focus on your core business, and that’s a major benefit.

Divide Responsibilities Among Other Employees Too

When you are a small company, you have the advantage of getting help from each and every employee. Take some time off from your core business and train your employees on some specific roles and let them take care of it. They might not be able to completely eliminate any risk for you, but they would definitely be able to mitigate the risk to a great extent.

Have Software And Hardware from Trusted and Certified Vendors

There are many instances from all across the world where vendors were found to be culprits behind breaches. There are many vendors that tend to fool around with firms that are newborn and doesn’t have much enough experience. So, every time you get a product for your firm, make sure you verify properly — each and every section. Also, if required have cybersecurity personnel to do that for you. When it comes to data security, you cannot compromise with anything.

Install Firewalls

Among all the other measures, installing a firewall might cost you a bit more. However, it is worth the price you spend. Today, having a firewall is one of the most important things for organisations of any size. A firewall is basically a software or a hardware device that protects your systems (if not completely then to a great extent) from being attacked by hackers on the internet. So, try to make an investment on a firewall for your company’s internet connection. It would allow you to set up online rules for the users, which a great way to mitigate risk.

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