Three of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. No matter what kind of business you’re running, keeping your data safe has to be a top priority. The following contributed post is entitled, Safeguarding Your Business: Top Tips To Keep You and Your Data Safe.
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So much more than money goes into the setting up and running of a successful business. Behind every one are countless hours of hard work and effort, not to mention the emotional investment. It can take time away from our families and other interests, so if something goes wrong, it can be pretty galling. It is little wonder that making sure your business is protected to the highest possible standard is a significant concern for all business owners. Unfortunately, it is not the easiest thing to do, as the things that can harm your business can change and evolve all the time. However, there are things you can do to safeguard your business and give it the best possible chance of longevity, and that is what we are going to look at here.
Cybercrime is a massive problem facing businesses these days, as so many business operations and functions are carried out online. Cybercriminals and hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated, with whole countries and governments falling victims in the past.
The first thing that you need to do is to put tactics and safeguarding measures into place against malware. Malware is a type of software that has malicious intent, spyware, and viruses. There are various programs and pieces of software that you can download to protect against these, but they only work if you keep them up to date. If you have an IT company managing the digital side of your business, they should be implementing these and keeping on top of it all.
Another type of cyber crome comes from people being able to access your hardware. The best way of preventing this is to make sure that your premises are secure, so no one can break in to steal anything, and that computers, devices or other hardware containing sensitive information are only taken off-site when absolutely necessary. Encrypting your files makes it harder for would-be hackers to crack into. If you do lose any, here are 2 effective ways to track your lost or stolen laptop. You may also want to ban or restrict the use of personal mobile phones and devices in the workplace, to prevent anyone from taking pictures of any sensitive information.
For obvious reasons, you need to protect your premises against burglaries and intruders. One of the best ways of doing this is to install CCTV, both inside and out, and if you are a retail store, security tags and guards may reduce the incidence of theft.
Sadly, not all crime is committed by an outsider – employees do lots. To reduce the risk of internal crime, have lockers installed in the common area for people to leave their bags and personal belongings. This solves two issues – the one of their items being stolen, and the other is that it is harder for them to take from the business. Random bag searches are also worth thinking about, as well as CCTV in key areas such as offices and by tills.