You might not worry too much about security in your business but you should because the issue with security has never been higher and more apparent. Indeed, Global ransomware costs are expected to exceed 5 billion within the next few years and your customers are going to be targeted by cyber criminals. As well as this, customers are starting to take note of who is keeping their data secure and who isn’t. They are more than willing to turn away from companies that they believe are not pulling their weight in the security department.
The question that you should be asking is what you can do to make sure that your security standards are as high as they can be. You need to do everything in your power to guarantee that you do have the right measures in place to keep your business secure for you and your customers.
An issue with security these days could ultimately be absolutely catastrophic. Your profits will certainly take a hit if customers feel as though your business is not as secure as it should be. Let’s start by considering your security online.
HTTPS Or Nothing
You definitely need to make sure that your business website is running on HTTPS. If you’re not sure whether it is, there’s an easy way to check. Try loading up your site on Google Chrome. If it doesn’t have HTTPS, you will see a label in the address bar in red that reads ‘not secure.’ That’s right, Google are warning your customers that your site is dangerous. Why are they doing this? It’s all part of a recent Chrome update, designed to be make the net safer for customers. If your business runs on HTTPS, this means that your site has an SSL. An SSL means that any data that is sent through your site is encrypted and therefore more difficult to hack or indeed steal. It is also worth pointing out that none HTTPS sites will receive a lower ranking than others. So, it really is in your best interest to make sure that you are up to date with the latest security.
As well as this, you do need to make sure that you have the right level of support. If you can’t hire an inhouse IT team, you will need to make sure that you hire an outsourcing IT agent. They will work in the same way as a standard IT team, providing the support you need. There are numerous benefits to this type of set up. First, you will be able to build a computer network from the ground up with the necessary security systems in place from day one. Since the IT team will be integral in this setup, they will also be able to quickly fix any issues when and if they go wrong.
Second, an IT team can provide 24/7 support. This means that they will be monitoring your systems and making sure that if anything does go wrong, it is fixed as quickly as possible. A brilliant example of this would be disaster recovery. Without a full, IT team disaster recovery can take weeks even months. During this time, your business is off the market and unable to sell. With an IT team, the process can be completed in minutes.
Finally, an IT team can help you take a preemptive strike against issues with your computer systems. They might even spot a hack or signs of a hack before it occurs and be able to fix it immediately.
The Latest Technology
You should also make sure that your business is investing in the latest technology and software and a key example would be cloud servers. Experts agree that despite limitations, a cloud server is the strongest and most effective way to keep things secure in your company. It might seem like there are a lot of security issues with cloud servers, but they are nothing compared to the alternatives. With a cloud server, there is no physical way to access the data from your business address. Instead, the information can be stored off-site and therefore is under a greater level of protection.
Other Breach Possibilities
Of course, it is important to realise that a security breach can come in a number of different forms. That’s why you do need to make sure that if you’re using any technology in your business, then it is up to the standards of the latest security protocols. For instance, you might fax information in your company. It can be a handy and fast way to deliver complex information to clients and business partners. But one does need to remember that the data being transferred still needs to be kept completely secure. A secure online fax service can be the ultimate solution to this issue and will allow you to make sure that things do not slip through the cracks in your security. Certainly, it is far more secure compared with manual faxing where you leave paper copies of data that could be misplaced or indeed stolen.
Know The Most Likely Culprit
Interestingly, the most likely culprit in the case of business theft is always going to be someone who has ties to the company. Statistically, a hack tends to come from someone who has either worked for the company or is still working there while the hack takes place. That’s why you have to be careful about who you hire and make sure you do find the right person for the job. Otherwise, things can quickly take a turn for the worst.
We hope you find this information useful and make sure you are staying on top of security concerns in your business. You might think that hackers are quickly gaining the benefits of new tech and advanced software. But in the fight for security business owners have a few tricks up their sleeve too, if they know how to use them. It’s all about using the resources at your disposal and keeping up with changes in tech and software to stay ahead of the adversary.