You do need to be wary of security issues in your business. A problem with security, be it a hack or a system crash will result in a loss of support from your customers. You will be perceived as untrustworthy. That’s a difficult label to shake, and it is one that, ultimately, could drag your business down a few pegs. In fact, it might pull it off the market altogether. There are a few security mistakes that you will certainly need to avoid if you want to make sure that you don’t end up in a difficult position where you have to work to gain back the trust of your customers.
Trusting The Wrong Systems
You do need to think about what system you use for your business. Perhaps, for instance, you are using the Apple cloud software to store most of the information for your business. Unfortunately, history has shown that things are rather treacherous on that account with a number of people finding that their information has been hacked, lost or stolen. The most famous of these is, of course, the celebrity hacking scandal that occurred several years ago. However, they are certainly not the only ones who have suffered due to Apple’s security or indeed, their lack of it.
The argument here then is that perhaps you should be using a separate cloud server specifically used for business codes and data. That way, you can have the best chance to keep your sensitive data secure and away from prying hands. It’s worth pointing out that businesses are facing an uphill battle with securing their data and even multi-trillion dollar companies are failing to keep things secure. Take Disney for instance. Just yesterday full scenes were released from a film that won’t hit cinemas for another six months and has the potential to be one of the highest grossing films of all time. So, if they can’t keep a lid on their data then you need to be extra careful that you take all the steps to protect your own.
Of course, Apple isn’t the only system that might be sketchy for security. You might be setting up faxing in your office. Should you use VoIP faxing. VoIP fax can be a cheap way to send data quickly, but there is some debate about whether these systems are secure. You might be better off using a full telecom system that is indeed encrypted rather than risking a potential hack here that could have terrible effects on your business.
The Hush-Hush Approach
Let’s say that the worst does happen, and a hack does occur on your business. What should you do? The instinct might be to not tell anyone and hope the whole thing blows over without anyone finding out that something went wrong. Perhaps you get lucky and the authorities even find the source before it does serious damage, but we doubt it. And, you don’t want to be caught in the midst of covering it up. That’s exactly what happened to Equifax this year, the credit score company. They experienced a hack in July but didn’t make it public until months later. Of course, the truth came out eventually, and the general public was not happy at all. In fact, many were furious that they hadn’t been informed their data wasn’t secure. Particularly, when the hack was estimated to affect the personal details of 143 million people.
So, the lesson here is simple. If you are hacked, make sure you are keeping people informed immediately. It might seem like in the short term the best option is to keep things quiet, but this will always backfire in the worst way possible.
The Old Fashioned Expert
Perhaps you are running a small company, and you have decided the old ways are indeed the best. After all, there was never so much trouble surrounding security before the days of the internet was there. Of course, not and so you have decided to keep hard copies around of data. As well as that, you’re not trusting cloud servers and instead are determined to store data on external hard drives. What’s the problem here? Well, the fact of the matter is that this is just no longer the securest way to store information and data. In fact, it’s leaving your business open to a serious issue with theft. Think about how easy it is to walk into your office, pick up an external hard drive. There’s absolutely nothing stopping someone from doing this.
Although, if you are determined to focus on past systems and setups it might be a good idea to increase your office security. That way, you can make sure that at the very least you have enough security to stop someone walking in who shouldn’t be there at all.
The Cheapest Route
You might be eager to save money on your business model, but security isn’t an area where saving money is the right idea. In the security world, you get what you pay for. So, if you pay the lowest possible amount than the likelihood is that you’ll have the lowest standard of security. There are plenty of other places you could save. For instance, outsourcing marketing will easily save you quite a lot of your budget. But really, any type of saving is advisable over cutting money out of your security funds.
Too Small To be A Target
Finally, you might assume that your business is too small to be targeted. This is perhaps the biggest mistake of all. Thinking that you’re too small to be targeted is like thinking you’re too big to fail. It’s flawed logic and an idea that will quickly bite you in the behind. As soon as your business is up and running on the market, there will be someone, somewhere eager to take advantage of it and try to attack your business.
We hope this helps you see some of the security mistakes that you should never make in your business model. It’s not an exaggeration to say that security should be one of your number one priorities.