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10-Step Security Checklist

Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Safer Business

Think Cybercriminals only target big companies?  More than 75% of data breaches target small and medium sized (SMBs), and that can result in serious costs--both financial and to your reputation.  But there are some simple steps you can take to better protect your customers, employees, and assets, so you can focus on what you do best: building your business.


The average cost of a data breach per compromised customer record.


The percentage of small businesses that will close within half a year of being victimized by cybercrime.


The percentage of data breach victims were small-to-medium businesses with 1,000 or fewer employees.


  1. Train Your Employees
    Your cybersecurity is only as strong as your weakest link.  Train your employees to use strong passwords and avoid dangerous links and email attachments.  76% of analyzed network intrusions exploited weak passwords.
  2. Know Your Data
    Do you know where all your confidential information is?  Locate and limit access to private data.
  3. Inventory Your Devices
    Identify and secure all devices your employees use, including thumb drives, smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  Only 17% of SMBs take any steps to secure company data on personal devices.
  4. Protect Your Network
    Today's users connect anywhere at any time.  Protect network access with virtual private networks (VPNs) and firewalls.  77% of SMBs think having a strong cybersecurity and online security posture is good for their company's brand.
  5. Secure Physical Devices
    Keep your servers and unused devices safe behind locked doors with limited access.  44% of SMBs agree that their customers are concerned about the IT security of their business.
  6. Keep Your Facilities Safe
    Don't let strangers wander the halls. Limit physical access with locked doors and managed entry systems.
  7. Protect Your Website and Ensure Safe Browsing
    Reassure your customers with trustmarks on your website, and protect employees with strong anti-malware software.  73% of SMBs say safe and trusted internet access is critical to the success of their business.
  8. Create Clear Cybersecurity Policies
    Set clear written policies on the use and disposal of confidential documents and devices.  68% of organizations still use email as their main method to send and exchange large files and sensitive data.  52% of organizations experienced an increase in malware attacks as a result of employees' use of social media.
  9. Properly Dispose of End-of-Life Devices and Documents
    Foil dumpster divers by physically shredding old paper documents and digitally shredding data on discarded devices.
  10. Screen Employees Thoroughly
    Conduct thorough background and reference checks before hiring new employees.