You may not realize it, but your business is under threat. While it’s easy to imagine break-ins and physical theft wreaking havoc within your enterprise, one of the biggest threats facing businesses large or small today, is cybercrime.
The digitized networks that are the very foundation of our businesses are often the Achilles’ heel of our security. It’s easy to think that cybercriminals will only target major corporations and that a minimal approach to cybersecurity is all you need. Sadly, this approach couldn’t be further from the truth. Hackers and those with malicious intent deliberately target SMEs purely for this reason: because they don’t see themselves as a target, they don’t put the necessary protections in place.
Thankfully, there are multiple ways you can stay on top of online security and preserve the important data and information digitally stored within your business. Let’s explore some helpful tips to help you maintain higher levels of digital security.
Prioritize Document Management
Prioritizing document management means updating the manual processing of all your documents and files and using electronic files instead. By implementing a document management system your important files will be protected from physical damage, human error and stored without retrieval issues or problems with storage space. Document management also stores these important files and ensures there are security measures in place, protecting them from unauthorized retrieval, editing, and unknown access. Protecting your files means that your digital assets, client information, product data, and business information is kept safe, secure, and private.
Implement Online Security Training
Online security training should be an important feature of your onboarding process for new employees, it should also be regularly revisited in ongoing training, to ensure every employee knows how to prevent cybercrime within the workplace and reduce the likelihood of incidents.
Invest In Regular Security Assessments
You may have put up a firewall and installed anti-malware to protect your digital business, however, these features need maintenance and over time, passwords and attitudes become lax. Investing in regular security assessments will highlight existing vulnerabilities within your systems and give you the opportunity to resolve them before an incident takes place.
Concentrate On Mobile Security
While it’s easy to prioritize your main office and the networks within it, business owners should also concentrate on their mobile security. Perhaps you have staff who work remotely, who have smartphones and work tablets that they travel with? If so, you’ll need to focus on the potential threats that they’re facing, as many cybercriminals target these “security gaps” to access business data.
Encrypt As Much As Possible
Encrypting your files – wherever they may be stored – ensures that the information inside them cannot be accessed without the correct authority. Encrypting your files is akin to locking the information inside away safely, and without the key, remote hackers or cybercriminals won’t be able to unlock it.
Keeping on top of your cybersecurity is essential for your business. If your business were to fall victim to a cyber-attack, you’ll lose money, clients and experience serious reputational damage that you’ll struggle to recover from.