There was once a time when all of a company’s security resources would go toward security cameras, fences, locks, and sometimes even a guard at the door. However, today’s criminals are quickly realizing that to really score big, they need to tap into a company’s data. Hacks, email scams and much more can cause your business to not only lose credibility among your clients but also get hit hard financially. How do you keep your business secure in cyberspace? The following list includes a few things you can start doing today.
Create a Plan
Hacks and scams occur quickly. This is because thieves know they only have a limited amount of time to get in and get out before being noticed. They also know that larger companies usually have a plan in place to prevent suspicious activity. Consequently, they will often target smaller businesses that may not be as prepared. The first thing you must introduce to your business is a detailed plan regarding potential hacking. This should include employee awareness and your encouragement to report any concern to the IT department. The very best way to address this type of concern is to simulate a cyber-attack and see where your strengths and weaknesses are. If you don’t already have one, bring in an IT service to conduct the simulation. A cybersecurity plan helps your company reduce risks from technology used by criminals.
Cybercriminals are not looking to steal your petty cash; they are out to steal valuable information they can then sell to the highest bidder. It is incredibly important to make sure that you utilize standard encryption software for your data storage and communication. This issue should be overseen by your IT department. If you are worried about too much software on your system making it difficult for your company to function, you may choose to encrypt only certain types of information such as social security numbers, phone numbers, account numbers and addresses.
Just because you took the necessary steps to protect your data does not mean you’re done forever. Cybercriminals understand that they may not be able to go in through the common openings. Instead, they’ll wait until your employees have downloaded new software or apps to their computers. If these new additions are not fully protected, they can act as a backdoor to your data. Therefore, it is paramount that you patch over these new additions with protection before introducing them to the rest of your company’s system.
One of the most important responsibilities you have as a business leader is protecting your intellectual assets and those of your customers. Adhere to the list of tips posted above to make sure that your company isn’t the next victim of a cyberattack.