Use Your Computer To Protect Your Business
Protection is paramount in every small business. One simple slip up could stop you from making money, and you could find yourself paying the price, literally and figuratively, as you could be reprimanded for not doing everything in your power to protect your data. Far from it being a difficult task, it’s actually all about the little things to implement. Yes, there are some important items of tech to integrate into your business, but overall, what practices are best used to protect your small business?
If you invested a lot of money at the outset in comprehensive software and hardware, not updating the software on a regular basis, and making sure that it’s properly patched means you are leaving yourself open to the latest in viruses, malware, and spyware. By updating your programs right away, it gives you more comprehensive protection on the most recent issues that programmers have found.
Outsourcing (If You Don’t Have The Skills In-House)
Because money is tight in small businesses, the concept of outsourcing can be a big debate. At times it’s an unnecessary expense. Sometimes if you don’t have the knowledge in-house, surrendering yourself to managed IT services that provide the protection for you, will give you the goods to keep your business ticking over. By using a cloud-based server managed by an outsourced company, you can spend more time focused on the important business matters.
Your devices are the most important items of hardware to protect. Laptops are crucial to your business, storing data that becomes portable, so you need to take steps to protect that data. Installing encryption software on these laptops, or even on employee mobile phones, gives you that extra layer of security. If your laptop is stolen on a business trip, your data is still secure.
We can spend a lot of money on hardware, software and cloud service providers and forget to train our staff on the basics. But this is one of the best ways of keeping your business protected. There are so many cases of people opening up a phishing scam email because they don’t know the signs. If you can give your staff a base of knowledge in phishing scams, the usual suspects in relation to virus packages, then they won’t click on them, and half a day won’t be lost in system downtime.
Training doesn’t have to consist of intensive courses. However, keeping your employees up to date with frequent changes in security will be beneficial. Laws, such as the Data Protection Act in the UK, provides a thorough grounding in what should be done with sensitive data. Every employee should know what can (and can’t) be done with this information.
It’s not just technology, but a combination of technology with a decent amount of knowledge will help your small business stay protected against external problems.