Businesses today have accumulated huge volumes of data – making them a prime target for external intruders. Security breaches are on the rise and businesses are having to be more careful with their networks. It’s not all doom and gloom though. IT security doesn’t need to be a huge challenge for your business. Protecting your business from hackers and viruses does not have to take a lot of time, and it can be relatively low-cost. Here are three basic ways you start to protect your business.
Where a lot of a smaller businesses fall short is by assuming that only large multisite companies need an IT security policy. On the contrary, even the smallest of networks need a plan. Considering that SMEs make up 99.9% of Britain’s 5.5 million private sector businesses, it’s vital that business owners set a plan to protect themselves. A major part of an efficient small-business IT security strategy is a formal comprehensive document that is kept up-to-date.
Something that sounds tedious now will be useful tenfold in the future. This way you can be smart about the way you protect your business. You will then be able to keep a calm head and work proactively when things do go wrong. Minimising any expensive downtime.
Keep your passwords safe
There are no two ways about it. Passwords are the key that unlocks most systems within your organisation. In the wrong hands, these can have disastrous consequences. Not to mention with GDPR around the corner, you could leave yourself open to a data breach.
Making your business passwords the core of your security policy is a wise move. There are a number of security parameters that you can introduce to have a more secure network. From setting up a company-wide password standard to restricting external devices; there will always be a suitable option for your business industry.
Know your data
Data is the life-blood to any business. From the business-critical to the personal sensitive; each form must be stored accordingly. You can start by auditing your current systems to identify precisely what data you’re holding, and how you store it. You can then review this and analyse where a breach is likely to occur, and should that happen, what is your recovery plan?
High-risk data such as financial history will need to be appropriately secured. You can also restrict access across the business so that your data is on a need to know basis.
Tandem Systems will work closely with you to provide you with an effective plan to ensure your data is protected and your business is compliant. Having visibility over your IT network gives us the ability to advise on what areas of the network you should focus on first to address compliance and security concerns.