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Whether a brick-and-mortar storefront or a totally digital enterprise, a wise business of any size will keep one eye on growth and the other eye on information security. After all, business success rates highly increase with the attention given to the security of IT. The danger of denial is great. In fact, nearly 60 percent of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyberattack.
There is no one quick fix to permanently solve the problem of cyberattacks. The best way to protect your company’s data is to hire a professional company that specializes in managed IT and mobile device management. But there are simple ways to shore up your defenses in the meantime.
Avoid Compliance Violations
If you work in healthcare, education or government you’re already hypervigilant about compliance best practices. The risk doesn’t diminish outside of these fields, however. Small businesses handle sensitive customer data like transactions, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers. Secure handling of sensitive information takes more than an occasional password reset. Proper handling of data happens just as much offline as it does online, but the basic principles are the same for each:
Revisit your cybersecurity policies
Your small business may not have an official policy regarding cybersecurity and standard online practices. But with upwards of 43 percent of cyber attacks targeting small businesses, it’s imperative that you know what to do in the event of an attack or hack, and even more important to know how to prevent one. Building a useful cybersecurity policy from the ground up may seem like a daunting task, but the basics are easily attainable in just a few steps:
Backup. Backup. Backup.
Sounding familiar? One of the most effective ways that you can protect your business from almost any kind of unforeseen event--such as fire, flood, tornado or cyberattack --is to have an exact copy of your most valuable data somewhere else. Backups come in a few different forms, each with different advantages and features. Most backups begin with a full backup of your system, with subsequent backups logging only recent changes to your data. Whatever kind of backup you use, there are a few features that businesses shouldn’t go without:
Secure Mobile Devices
Our phones are always with us, and in many workplaces this can be a great benefit to productivity. Since the release of the original iPhone in 2007, many different apps aimed at increasing productivity have come into the market, and a recent study has found that the overall effect has been positive. On average, productivity increases due to mobile device usage have reached as much as 34 percent--a good thing as 50 percent of employees use their phones to do business. But with this proliferation of mobile devices comes an increase in potential security pitfalls, and managing a wide variety of devices that can access your networks--phones, tablets, laptops, and more--can seem daunting.
Simple steps you can take to safely incorporate the power of mobile devices into your business include:
No one-size-fits-all solution exists to safeguard your company’s data. The best approach is one that addresses current capabilities and accounts for future growth. The uncommonly friendly techs at Gilmore are experienced across a wide range of industries and know how to build and implement technology solutions that support the mission and strategy of clients. To get started with an on-site assessment and consultation call 866-978-3600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.