How secure is your small business data? Did you know that nearly half of all cybercrime attacks target small businesses? The threat is real, and must be taken seriously!
Your business records should be protected from unauthorized access and internal controls should be put in place to protect sensitive data from outside thieves. The financial health
of your business could be seriously undermined if personal or proprietary information is compromised.
So what can you do to help mitigate your risk against a cyberattack or security breach? Data security includes all aspects of your business. Review your administrative practices,
facility protection, computer security, personnel and information systems. Below are steps that you can take to better protect your business.
- Invest in a firewall, antivirus, malware, and spyware detection software. Perform routine backups to make it easier to continue working in the event of a
- Consider an automated backup system or even backing up to a third party to build in redundancies.
- Require strong passwords (numbers, symbols, uppercase & lowercase letters) on all
computers and software programs and change them every 6090 days.
- Store data in secure systems and encrypt information when transmitting across
- Ensure that email containing sensitive data is encrypted and secure while being
sent or received.
- Provide periodic training to update your staff on any changes and to ensure
- Complete a risk assessment to identify risk and potential impacts of unauthorized access.
It’s almost impossible to completely safeguard against these type of attacks, so consider creating a plan outlining steps to take should you become a victim of any data breach or
theft. You may also consider purchasing insurance that protects you against any losses from crime or fraud. Putting safeguards in place will not only protect the sensitive
information of your small business, but it will also enhance customer confidence and trust. For a further discussion, contact us today!