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Partnering Up For Cybersecurity

As we all know, many of the transactions small businesses perform involve communicating on line with partners, suppliers, and third party service providers. Unfortunately, in today’s world there are more and more cases of unlawful access and use of sensitive information that is used for financial or strategic gain.  At CenterState, we have instituted many internal procedures to protect our customers and also have periodic training sessions with our employees on how to keep the crooks from gaining access to information that could pose harm to both our valued customers and our company. While this type of training is commonplace in the financial services industry, it is still prudent for small business owners to periodically evaluate and improve their own internal controls so that they are also creating barriers to those seeking to gain access to information that could cause harm to their companies and/or their families. I recently ran across an article that featured SiteLock President Neill Feather. Sitelock is a company that offers website security to businesses of all size.  In the article, Feather noted that fortunately there are some relatively simple and inexpensive steps a small business owner can take to avoid an attack by the bad guys:

Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication usually entails the user entering a password and then receiving a code via text or email that they have to enter to access the account. Two-factor authentication is already an option on platforms like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter.

Delete Unused Accounts
When you’re going through online accounts and changing passwords, you might notice some of them that you rarely use or that just don’t offer any value for your business. Take the extra step of deleting or deactivating any accounts you no longer use.

Protect Your Passwords
You can invest in a password manager, which can range from about $15 to $40, to help you manage different secure passwords for every account.
The next time you are speaking with your bank, you should ask them how you both can partner to keep your sensitive information safe.

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