Small-to-Medium Business Data Security
6 Tips to Help Keep Your Small Business Data Safe
Although these two breaches weren’t recent, it feels like each day brings news of another hacking, and each headline should serve as a reminder how important security is for any business – no matter what industry you’re in. JP Morgan, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target, and even Wendy’s prove that no business is too big for cyberthieves to attack.
But where does that leave small-to-medium business owners?
Believe it or not, small-to-medium businesses are still the most appealing target for hackers. SMBs typically have a smaller IT budget and are likely to be more lax when it comes to cybersecurity. That’s why it’s important that all business owners do what they can to protect their most valuable asset – their data.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your business data safe:
Assess Your Small-to-Medium Business Data
In order to protect your small business data you must first determine what data you store and use within your company. This includes business data stored on servers, workstations, laptops, network drives, USB sticks, and within the cloud. Create a comprehensive list of your data regardless if it’s stored in-house or in a third-party hosting company.
Review Who Has Access to Business Data
A study done in late 2015 revealed that “employee error” is the most common reason for data breaches, stressing the importance of maintaining proper levels of access to data. It’s important that you define and enforce a strict data permission policy so users don’t pose as an increased security threat by having access to files unrelated to their position.
Employee error aside, disgruntled employees are also a threat to your business data security. Be sure to have a process in place to properly sever ties between ex-employees and company data.
Enforce a Comprehensive Password Protection Policy
Not only should employees be using good passwords, but their passwords should be changed on a regular basis to prevent them from becoming stale. Additionally, don’t allow your employees to shove this policy to the wayside by using the same password or refusing to change it when prompted. Utilize a password management tool if your staff cannot remember their password. Keeping your business data safe is worth the effort.
Exhaust All of Your IT Security Options
Do absolutely everything you can to keep your business data safe by exploring all IT security software & hardware options available. Make sure all of your office computers are fully protected by keeping the operating systems current, applying third-party software updates, and running antivirus software. All email should be funneled through a comprehensive spam filter and your network protected by a firewall.
Not sure where your business network stands in terms of security? Have a security audit done to discover any vulnerabilities before cybercriminals do.
Protect Your Business Data By Backing It Up
Would your business be able to recover if a workstation hard-drive went out – or worse, your office building caught fire? Make sure that all critical business data is backed up in a secure location so your company can bounce back with the least amount of downtime.
Stay Vigilant About Data Security Threats
Do what you can to remain ahead of the cybersecurity game by keeping an eye on IT security news. You never know, sharing the details about a spam campaign with your employees may save your company from getting hit with malware.
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