If you ask any trailblazing business owner why their company is so successful, they may say they keep up with the ever-changing landscape of their field. This is especially true in technology, as it is evolving day-to-day; this also means that cyber threats are more prevalent than ever.
Staying current with software, creating proactive security strategies, and understanding behaviors of employees and how they safeguard their information will help you to better defend your business.
Following these tips will help you assess the state of your business’s security.
Do Your Research
When it comes to the hardware, software, and people who handle your security concerns, it pays to do your research. The FCC Cyberplanner tool is a helpful resource designed to navigate small business owners through the security landscape by providing step by step instructions and IT suggestions. In the early stages of business development, it’s good practice to establish a comprehensive security plan. This simple assessment allows business owners to evaluate their security needs holistically, expose vulnerabilities, and allocate resources accordingly.
Prepare for Emergencies
Preparing your IT infrastructure for an emergency is an essential component of a security plan. Electronic devices and servers are vulnerable to power surges and outages, corrupt software, and malicious forms of cybercrime. From severe weather to a determined hacker, data can be lost or stolen in an instant. Therefore maintaining, updating, and backing up software and data is a proactive way to prepare for an emergency, while reducing the risk of permanent loss or unexpected failure.
Cybercrimes directed towards small businesses often result in a breach of private data. Organizations that store employer, employee and client personally identifiable information (PII) within unsecure devices and servers are the most vulnerable. The most sensitive PII includes social security numbers, W2 tax information, financial data and IDs. When stolen, criminals can sell the information online, or use it themselves to commit identity theft.
The best way to stay updated is to let your devices do the work for you. It can be a challenge to find the right time to update a device, as it always feels like an inconvenience, but enabling automatic software updates on work devices can take the guesswork out of the equation. This works with general software updates and with virus protection and other application maintenance updates. Staying current with all software will ensure that no vulnerabilities are left exposed from pitfalls in previous versions.
When it comes to being updated, this also means using your devices to help your business stay secure. Using technology to your benefit, ensure that e-documents are encrypted to protect any confidential information, and utilize digital documents more often to prevent lingering papers in the office.
3 Tips to Promote a Security Conscious Workplace
- Share your concerns and get involved in workplace security discussions.
- Get to know your I.T. team or security coordinator, listen to their suggestions.
- Suggest implementing training sessions that cover security protocol policy, backup plans, and emergency breach response.