Security Tips To Protect Your Business
The security of your company data should be a top priority. Security breaches can compromise your customer information and possibly damage IT infrastructure. If your customer information is compromised the confidence in your company could be destroyed, and if so, it’s very difficult to win back.
Technology has helped make businesses more productive and profitable. That speed and efficiency can come with vulnerabilities. If your financial information, website, customer data, or social media accounts falls into the wrong hands, the results can be devastating. Keeping these cyber-security tips in mind can help protect your business:
Secure WiFi Networks
Make sure your WiFi network is secure, encrypted and hidden from public lists. Networks should all be password protected (with a password you created) and routinely checked for possible breaches.
Establish Basic Security Procedures
Establish strict security measures and protocols for employees. Require strong passwords, and establish appropriate guidelines that detail penalties for violations. Set rules of behavior for how to handle and protect customer information and other sensitive data.
Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical documents, databases, financial files, and human resource information should be backed up automatically on a daily or weekly basis. Store the copies either off-site or in the cloud, or a combination of both.
Protect Payment Information
If you store customer payment information, a standard firewall isn’t enough to keep the data secure and ensure you’re compliant with federal and state regulations. Work with your financial institutions to ensure that you’re using trusted tools and anti-fraud services.
Limit Authorization Authority
Employees should only be given access to the specific data and systems that they need to do their jobs. Only a select few should be able to install software without permission. Financial data, passwords, and sensitive information shouldn’t be available to everyone.
Provide a Firewall
A firewall prevents outsiders from accessing data stored on a private network. Your operating system’s firewall should always be enabled. If you’re unsure of the status of your firewall, hire a reputable IT service provider to assess your network and provide recommendations to protect your systems.