Internet Security Tips to Keep in Mind For Your Business

The security of digital data is a big concern.  Security breaches can damage infrastructure and compromise customer information. Once that trust is broken it’s very difficult to win back.  You shouldn’t wait until a disaster to have protection in place.

Protect Your Business

Technology has made small businesses more productive and profitable than ever. But all that speed and efficiency can come at a stiff price if your website, financial information, social media accounts, or customer data falls victim to a cyber attack. Keep these internet security tips in mind and protect your business:

Secure WiFi Networks

Make sure your WiFi network is secure, encrypted and hidden.  Networks should all be password protected and routinely checked for possible breaches. The service set identifier (SSID) is one of the most basic Wi-Fi network settings. Though it doesn’t seem like the network name could compromise security, it can. Using a common of a SSID, like your company name, can make it easier for someone to crack your security.

Establish Basic Security Procedures

Establish basic security policies for employees. Require strong passwords, and establish appropriate Internet use guidelines that detail penalties for violations. Set rules of behavior for how to handle and protect customer information and other personal data.

Have a Backup

Regularly backup the data on all computers. Back up critical documents, databases, financial files, and human resource information. Backup data automatically on a daily or weekly basis. Store the copies either off-site or in the cloud.

Protect Payment Information

If you store customer payment information, a firewall isn’t enough.  Work with financial institutions to ensure that anti-fraud services are in place. You may have certain security obligations with your bank, so make sure you know your liabilities.  If not a small oversight could come at a big cost!

Limit Authorization Authority

Employees should only be given access to the data systems that they need for their jobs. Few should be able to install software without permission. Financial data, passwords, and sensitive information should not be available to everyone.

Provide a Firewall

A firewall will prevent outsiders from accessing data on a private network. Make sure your operating system’s firewall is enabled, or hire a reputable IT service provider to protect your systems. If employees work from home, ensure that they’re protected by a firewall as well.

Ensure Protection

Even if you make the most out of these tips, you should consider hiring a skilled IT service provider. A smart business owner knows they need a trusted advisor who can find ways to maximize security. Contact Us to find out how we can protect your business.