10 Essential Cybersecurity Tips to Protect your Business - Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
10 Essential Cybersecurity Tips to Protect your Business
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By Mike Miller – A feature piece from our Fall-Winter 2023 issue of the Lancaster Thriving Publication!

Every business has different risks and needs when it comes to cyber security.  Cybersecurity is crucial for any organization because it safeguards sensitive data, prevents unauthorized access, and ensures the smooth functioning of digital operations. By protecting against cyber threats, businesses maintain customer trust, uphold their reputation, and avoid financial losses associated with data breaches. Additionally, strong cybersecurity measures are important for regulatory compliance and legal requirements, demonstrating a commitment to responsible and secure business practices. In an era where digital assets are integral to daily operations, investing in cybersecurity is a strategic necessity to mitigate risks and sustain long-term success.  Not sure where to start? 

10 Essential Cybersecurity Tips to Protect your Business 

  • Employee Education: Ensure regular cybersecurity training for all staff to raise awareness about phishing, social engineering, and safe online practices, reducing the risk of human error. 
  • Device Protection: Implement robust endpoint security measures, including firewalls, antivirus software, and regular device updates to defend against evolving cyber threats. 
  • Digital Asset Inventory: Maintain a comprehensive inventory of all digital assets, including hardware, software, and sensitive data, facilitating better control and swift response in case of a security incident. 
  • Regular Security Assessments: Conduct periodic cybersecurity assessments to identify vulnerabilities and assess the effectiveness of existing security measures, allowing for timely remediation. 
  • Continuous Monitoring: Employ real-time security monitoring tools to detect and respond to potential threats promptly, reducing the impact of cyberattacks on your business. 
  • Incident Response Plan: Develop and regularly update an incident response plan to outline the steps to be taken in the event of a security breach, ensuring a coordinated and efficient response. 
  • Access Control: Implement strong access controls, limiting user permissions based on their roles to minimize the risk of unauthorized access to critical systems and data. 
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Enforce MFA for accessing sensitive systems and accounts, adding an extra layer of security beyond passwords. 
  • Encryption: Utilize encryption for data both in transit and at rest, safeguarding sensitive information from unauthorized access, even if a breach occurs. 
  • Tabletop Exercises: Conduct regular tabletop exercises to simulate cyberattack scenarios, allowing your team to practice and refine response strategies, enhancing overall preparedness. 

Now that you’ve learned the 10 essential cybersecurity tips to protect your business, it’s time to put them into practice. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do it alone.  

The Lancaster Chamber and Appalachia Technologies have teamed up to provide access to cybersecurity services through the BizCorp Cost Savings Program.  This program includes free resources and discounted services to help Members defend against today’s rapidly evolving cyber threats. We work closely with businesses to identify their unique cybersecurity challenges and develop customized solutions to meet their needs. 

To get started, contact Terri Bendl at Terri.Bendl@AppalachiaTechnologies.com 


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