We’re well underway in 2018 as businesses are reaching some of the busiest periods in the year. As you expect to receive a larger influx of customers don’t forget about the most of important aspect of your business, protecting data and maintaining strong security. As your business grows with continued exposure, larger amounts of data will be held making your business more vulnerable to cyber attacks and criminals who wish to use that data for their own personal gain. Keeping personal and sensitive information as a small business should be your main priority. Here are some valuable tips for implementing and maintaining IT security within your business in 2018.
Determining What’s The Most Valuable Data
In the masses amount of data that you hold, there will be some data that will be more valuable than others. As a result, extra care will need to be taken so that they are provided with more protection. For example, sensitive personal data of customers can have large detrimental effects on a business compared to losing archived files that may no longer be relevant.
Evaluate all the data that you hold within your business and perform an audit of the different impacts that each would have if it were to be lost or stolen. Once conducted, start to work on what measures you plan to put in place to protect the data and what methods you’ll take to access it.
Review Security Software
Sizes of businesses will determine the levels of security you require. Review your security software and tools to check whether they’re still relevant for your business in regular periods. If not, research tools that are more applicable, making sure they have the required assets to protect your business from malware and firewall attacks amongst other IT related security attacks. Businesses such as Caunce O’Hara regularly have these checks so that their security measures are up to date.
Regularly Back Up Your Data
Having one possible source to access all your data will have you treading on thin water. One way it can become more secure is if it is accessible in more places than one. Relying solely on one central data store can affect other data sources if it were to be interfered with in any way. Consider making physical documents too so that you’re not solely reliant on your cloud services. This way you feel more reassured that you’re able to still access the data through back up alternatives.
Consider Mobile Devices
Mobile devices are becoming ever more reliant tools to help us get through everyday tasks. They’re also used for business purposes if the information requires to be separately dealt with from personal use. You can configure devices so that they have wiping capabilities which can be done remotely. Therefore review the security held on mobile devices too so that if they were to be lost or stolen, they can’t be easily accessed or important data can be wiped out immediately.
Purchase cybersecurity insurance
Although not a direct way of protecting your data, having cyber insurance means that your business can be protected from instances such as reputation protection, comprehensive cover and coverage against theft, hacking and extortion. Of course, different companies will have different policies which cover separate assets so make sure that you research the types of cover you can get before choosing an insurance cover.
The tips outlined in the article are just a few ways in which businesses can protect their assets. You can never be too sure that your data is secure so take up any method possible that can minimise the risk of your business being threatened by an internet related attack.