Over a quarter of all data breaches happen to small businesses. The cost of a data breach is really prohibitive to your business’ operational and financial health. To keep your business’ data and infrastructure free of threats and relatively secure, small businesses will need a combination of useful technology tools and well-designed strategies. Let’s take a look at several steps your small business can take to secure itself from digital theft.
It’s pretty evident that the best thing you can do is invest on solutions designed specifically to help keep your business safe. It’s understood that having all the proper firewalls, antivirus, and encryption services in place, and ensuring that they are properly updated, can keep a majority of the threats off your network. By protecting your data at its source, you gain the peace of mind of knowing your data has some defenses around it.
Every business should have some type of data backup strategy in place. There is information that your business has that, if it were lost, could make running your business impossible. The resulting downtime can be extraordinarily expensive, but that is really the best you could ask for without data backup.
Today, it’s not enough to simply back up your data to a hard drive or NAS device. You need to also keep copies of your data online. With a Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR), your business gets just that. Not only can you back up your data in increments up to every 15 minutes, it happens while you work. The data is stored on the BDR device and simultaneously sends a copy to the cloud, stored in an offsite data center. Your business’ most important data is secure and ready for retrieval.
There are plenty of security options for the modern business, but in security, it’s easy to have redundant costs. Here are a few ways to invest in your business’ security, without wasting capital.
Unfortunately, threats come from every direction. You need to have a plan for your business’ security. Not only do you need to prioritize cybersecurity, you need to consider physical security. Today, there are inexpensive digital security options that could be highly effective for protecting the physical security of your investments and your staff. In fact, a compelling case could be made for the small business to combine their IT and physical security initiatives. Some options businesses could employ include:
Whatever combination of tools you decide to deploy, you will want to ensure that they do the job they are being deployed for and aren’t going to be difficult to configure with other solutions. Solution overlap could open vulnerabilities, not close them.
Small businesses need to prioritize comprehensive training for their entire staff. This includes a subsequent testing strategy to ensure that the people that tend to be problematic can be trained properly. Here are a few subjects that your employees need to know about, and how to resolve them without issue.
If everyone is professionally trained, fewer instances of outside theft will happen, mistake-fueled downtime will be minimized, and your business’ data and resources will be more secure.
Whatever solutions you do end up integrating into your business’ security strategy, you will want to continually test their limits to see how they would serve your company in the event that they are asked to stand up to infiltrators. All your software solutions will need to be tested regularly, especially after they receive updates.
At MERIT Solutions, we know that relying on luck is not a sustainable security strategy. All of our technicians know that in order to keep your business running smoothly, you need to secure your data, access points, and network. Call our knowledgeable technicians at (757) 420-5150 today to learn more about how we can help your small business secure itself from outside threats.