The modern-day business world is slathered in opportunity for cybercrime. For businesses of any size, information security should be at the top of the list of priorities. As an organization, you probably deal with a whole bunch of sensitive information.
Customers are also very passionate about securing their personal information, and the smart ones will skip over a business with no visible signs of digital security. Take a few hints, and learn how to beat the modern-day burglars. Here are a few ways to secure your small business digital data.
Make sure you have effective email filters
When it comes to digital communications, businesses are very active. Those services must be secured and protected from unwanted information intruders.
Install effective endpoint, network, and email protection that can sift through the mail and filter out all of the spam, malware, viruses, and other damaging sorts of files. Encryption software is also quite helpful for protecting the transfer of sensitive information. Google offers excellent encryption options for their GSuite platform.
Automate your system back-ups
No matter the size of a business, automated system back-ups are critical to the company’s security. It is not new news that anyone operating a computer should back up their files onto a local hard drive, but backing up files to a third-party secured location is an even stronger safety precaution.
Backing up to the Cloud has become more popular in recent years. Dropbox and Carbonite are well known for their ability to replicate your information safely and store it securely in an off-site server. If something were to happen to the physical property containing the information, it would create peace of mind to know that everything is stored safely in the cloud.
Run a full-service security suite
Truly keeping business and customer data secured takes more than a simple backup operation. There are more enemies to digital safety than the physical destruction of property. Computers can easily acquire viruses and malware that quickly compromise the safety of your systems.
It is recommended that business owners install hardware firewall systems. Software firewall systems protect the computer’s programs, but once a virus makes it to software infection, the threat is already inside the company’s network.
Educate employees on digital safety
Train employees from the beginning of their employment to be suspicious of emails that come along with attached files. One simple click to open a malicious file could ruin your tech guy’s (or girl’s) day.
Create an open-door policy on strange cyber activity. It should be an easy and well-known process to report unusual activity to the IT department. Here is another article on keeping your customer data protected from cybercriminals.