You’ve probably already heard about the importance of data in business. If you’re running your own business, then you no doubt have some experience with it. Small businesses are no longer largely unaware of this sort of thing. But where small businesses do often make mistakes is in the protection of that data.
When you’re running a small business, it can be easy to assume that you’re not going to be much of a target. You may have heard about all the seemingly insane measures that big companies take to protect their data. But they’re big companies, which makes them big targets, right? Well, yes, to an extent. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a target painted on your back.
The fact is that a lot of cyber criminals know full well that small businesses are often lax when it comes to data security. And the sort of data you have is always going to be worth something to someone. It could be a competitor who wants your valuable information to boost their own sales. It could be a black market merchant looking for product in the form of ill-gotten data. It could even be that strange and disgruntled employee you recently had to fire recently, just looking for revenge. Okay, so the last one might be a little outlandish. But the risk is there – and you have to tackle it.
The security audit
So how vulnerable is your business right now? It’s worth finding this out. It will allow you to see more thoroughly what kind of steps you should be taking next. It will also help you assess whether or not something has already gone wrong! You can get an IT professional to inspect your infrastructure for security weaknesses.
Your staff are the key to the success of your business. You know this already. Well, they’re also the key to great security. You need to make sure that your employees know the importance of data security. You should also minimize the chances of human error by teaching them about the best security practices. After all, human error is the single biggest cause of data security breaches!
More businesses than ever are relying on other companies to store their data. This is especially true of modern startups. The average startup is working with so much data that outsourcing the storage just makes so much sense. But you need to make sure you’re thorough when it comes to checking the security of these outsourcers. It needs to be the priority of this business. If they can’t supply you with a secure virtual data room, you should look elsewhere.
“Encryption” is one of the most important words in the world of data security. It helps prevent people from getting their eyes on your data. Don’t just rely on the first firewall program you find. You need to make sure that encryption is a feature of all your sensitive data, including your emails. Hard drives, including USB drives, also need to be encrypted. This can prevent them from being read if they’re stolen.