By Michael Shabaka, Ph.D., Manex Consulting and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Below are five basic cyber security steps as developed by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for manufacturers that can go a long ways in thwarting or reducing cyber attacks from hackers.
Identify and control who has access to your business information. Conduct background checks. Require individual use accounts for each employee. Create policies and procedures for cybersecurity.
Limit employee access to data and information. Install Surge Protectors and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). Patch operating systems and applications routinely. Install and activities software and hardware firewalls on all your business networks. Secure your wireless access point and networks. Set up web and email filters. Use encryption for sensitive business information. Dispose of old computers and media safely. Train your employees.
Install and update anti-virus, anti-spyware, and other anti-malware programs. Maintain and monitor logs.
Develop a plan for disasters and information security incidents.
Make full backups of important business data and information. Continue to schedule incremental backups. Make improvements to process/procedures/technologies.
Michael Shabaka, Ph.D., is a director of sales and innovation excellence at Manex Consulting, the Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence. He has more than 15 years of business development, sales and marketing experience, spanning several industries including biotech, high tech, publishing, environmental lab services and the non-profit sector. He can be reached at 925-807-5101 or email@example.com