Despite a number of high-profile security breaches in recent months, it seems that small to mid-sized business (SMB) leaders remain confused on how to protect themselves and their data. Many SMB owners lack the necessary resources to protect their data or are focused on increasing their revenue and forget to protect this valuable aspect of their company. Ask yourself, if your server crashes this afternoon, can you recover your data?
To remain competitive while avoiding the risk of financial loss from data breach, you must continuously improve the effectiveness of your employees and keep data security in mind. According to a study by security provider Norton by Symantec, just 29% of the SMBs surveyed know the steps needed to improve their company’s security to protect it from data breaches, and only 28% have a plan in place to respond to any data breaches. The area SMBs appear to be most vulnerable is through their mobile devices. With more and more employees embracing the BYOD trends and only 60% of mobile users having the same protection on their smartphones as they do on their office computers and laptops – it’s time to rethink how well protected your business critical data really is.
So where should you begin? To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of useful tips that will put you on the right track to a secure organization:
- Develop data-recovery and disaster-recovery plans: Be proactive. Having detailed plans and architectures in place to recover critical data from a disaster such as these is crucial for any organization. The survival of your business could depend on it.
- Automatic updates:To reduce the risk of malware spreading through your network, set up automatic security updates for your essential software.
- Change passwords:Small businesses should mandate that employees regularly change their passwords.
- Back up information:Back up data on all computers automatically, or at least weekly, including word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, financial records and human resources files. Store backups in a secure location that is offsite or in the cloud.
Before you invest in the latest expensive technology, it’s important to plan properly. Working with a business partner like ADS will ensure you make the most of your budget without compromising the level of protection your customers’ private data and other valuable assets receive. Contact us today to discuss best practices for a secure organization.