As a small business owner, you rely on digital tools to run your business and store critical information. With this incredible convenience, however, come huge threats.
These days, hackers are targeting small businesses. They know most don’t have the funds for sophisticated security measures. But even if expensive software isn’t an option for you, there are simple, inexpensive precautions you can take to safeguard your data and computer systems. While they may not remove every threat, they will significantly reduce the risks.
The best way to handle a security crisis is to prevent it from happening at all. Install high quality antivirus software and firewalls on every computer, and be sure they’re set to automatically update. Also, protect your Wi-Fi network by securing the router with a strong password.
Install all software patches as soon as they’re available. These are created to fix known security flaws.
Employees who didn’t receive effective security training often create many of the data vulnerabilities. Begin training your team from their first day on the job. Throughout the year, reinforce the importance of security with your entire staff.
Set firm security guidelines so your employees know what’s expected of them. Require strong passwords, data encryption and security software for all company-owned technology equipment. Also, limit data access to only what’s absolutely necessary for individual jobs and always require permission to install anything. This will prevent accidental (or purposeful) data breaches.
At least once a week, back up important systems and data to an external, disconnected storage device that’s equipped with appropriate security.