Small Business Cybersecurity: Update Your Defenses

You boost your digital immunity against threats such as viruses, spyware and more when you keep your systems updated. Most devices and applications can be configured to automatically update.

You should make sure your devices and applications are set up to be more secure. First, see the inventory list you created in the “Know What You Have” toolbox to go through each device and application you have to configure it for automatic updates. We’ve provided a list of the most common systems and applications. For items not covered in this toolbox, check the instructions or support pages for that device or application. Check each item off your list as you go and be sure to take this step every time you add a new device or application to your business.  Also, see if there are recommended security settings – a “configuration” – for your devices and applications.

Websites are also at risk of being compromised. Many of the website applications used by small businesses have security problems. In this toolbox we’ve included tools you can use to run scans on your website to identify vulnerabilities. Send any identified problems to your web manager (or whoever handles your website) for the appropriate action to be taken.

Here is a useful video to get you started.

Please visit the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business to access tools to assist you in applying patches and configuring automatic updates.