With the biggest cyber-attack in history, “WannaCry” which affected businesses worldwide, more and more business owners have been asking themselves “How exactly do you keep your company’s data safe?” . Whether you are a small or large company, having the security of your data compromised can have a disastrous effect on your reputation – as it will affect your customers directly.
Here are just some steps you can take to ensure that your company does not fall prey to cyber criminals.
Customer information and intellectual property are two of the most sensitive types of data any business can own. If that information were to be accessed by the wrong person – this could have a damaging effect on your business. Make a spreadsheet answering all the questions above and look at how you can avoid becoming a statistic of cybercrime.
A good secure password is one of the best ways to keep your company’s data safe. Using the same password for your email, banking login, Facebook and Twitter is not the best idea if you want to make sure your data is safe. Passwords with a mixture of numbers, upper and lowercase letters and special characters are harder to crack than just your Mother’s Maiden Name.
Use a Two-Step Authentication method to collect your customer’s data. This is a great way to get your customers to help you keep their data safe. In addition to entering in a password on your site, they will be asked to verify via SMS or Email. This means the hackers would have to gain access to your customer’s email or mobile device to gain access to their information.
Whether you have 5, 10 or 100 people working in your company (even if it is just you), a clear written security policy in needs to be in place. This policy should be readily available to all employees along with comprehensive training sessions that educate employees the importance of security. This needs to be implemented across the board and revised regularly to make sure you are up to date with the latest threats and ways to avoid having your data landing in the wrong hands.
These are just a few simple steps to get you started in lowering the risk of your business’ data being hacked. What kind of methods are you currently using? Let us know in the comments below.
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