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The cyber world is developing at a rapid rate and opportunities abound for those in business who are willing to embrace technology and use it to their advantage. Unfortunately, there are those who seek to exploit companies whose online security is not adequate, resulting in the theft of valuable data and even money.
Here are a few ways of protecting your business from cyber-attack:
1. Always check potential employees’ references
Cyber theft is not just perpetrated by shady hackers in far off countries. You could be at risk from employees, ex-employees and temporary contractors who have access to sensitive information held on your computer systems.
Always run thorough background checks on potential employees to ensure that they are trustworthy.
2. Train employees in data security methods
Hold annual training sessions for your staff to educate them in data protection procedures and why they are so important. Include details of your company policy in the event of a threat and guidance on how to handle such a situation.
Make sure employees understand how to recognise that a computer may have malware and what action they should take, as well as ensuring that they are conversant with the company’s IT security guidelines and internet safety protocols.
3. Data encryption
If you hold personal client data on your systems you must ensure that it is safe and secure. Data encryption is probably the best means of achieving this.
Encryption technology can protect information wherever it is stored: on your network, laptop computers or removable data devices. Statistics show that an alarming 77% of small businesses are not concerned about cybercrime and have little or no structure in place to prevent it. Small businesses are responsible for 90% of all reported computer network breaches – pretty scary, not to mention expensive for those affected.
4. Protect your banking
Payment fraud is a big problem for small businesses, with over half suffering some kind of cyber-attack during 2015 according to research by the Business Banking Trust. To help prevent this, have one computer dedicated to banking which is used for nothing else.
Did you know that, even though the fraudulent activity actually occurs through the bank itself, your business is liable for the consequences? Many small companies don’t survive such attacks and go out of business as a result.
It’s devastating enough when your personal computer is hacked or has a virus implanted through a spam email, but this is nothing compared to the havoc a successful attack on your business can cause. Follow this advice and you will add another level of security to your business that will go a long way to preventing the theft of data or money.