Whether you’re just starting out in business with a small startup company, or you’ve been operating in the business world a significant amount of years, protection is always paramount. After spending a lot of time and money investing in the growth of your business, you’ll want to ensure that it remains safe and operational for years to come. Here’s how;
1. Use Online Security Measures for All Activity: With a high number of online activities these days, and an increased number of businesses operating purely online, cybercrime is spiking, and there’s no sign of it stopping any time soon. Therefore, businesses need to act more carefully with their online activity and transactions and consider online protection such as malware security.
The more of a reputation your business begins to build – which is, of course, the aim of a successful business – the more interest it may garner from cyber criminals, unfortunately.
You need to be aware that you may fall victim to:
• Data breaches and the stealing of personal data
• Social media malware and general malware
• Spam emails with dangerous links
It’s important to react accordingly, such as stronger passwords and the deletion of any suspicious emails.
2. Insure Your Business: Business insurance means that you’re covered should the worst happen. For an entrepreneur who perhaps doesn’t have an abundance of funding yet, this may seem like a trivial investment or something which can be put on the back-burner. However, insurance policies are there to protect you, and are even more crucial when you have more at risk.
Guarantee that you take the time to research the best policy for you; one which covers all areas of eventuality relating to your business, and then compare prices on the right policy.
3. Always Handle Sensitive Information Carefully: Be careful what information you make public and what you post online, making sure that no personal information is visible in any photos you post, such as documents lying on a desk in the background which can be easily missed.
You should also implement an adequate system for personal information within your business environment if you have sensitive information relating to yourself, your business or its employees, whether this is a team of 5 or a team of 100. This information should be stored securely, so that no other employees or external individuals have access.
When disposing of physical information, be sure to shred instead of throwing straight into the garbage.
4. Ensure That You’re Always Backing Up: You don’t ever want to risk all your crucial business data being lost. A routine backup system is encouraged, particularly to a separate server or external device if your information is mainly stored on technology. If you prefer physical backups such as paper copies, this is still acceptable, but you must consider what works best for your business and how to adequately store and backup all relevant information.
If you have a small or large team of staff, it’s a good idea to designate the responsibility of backing up to a particular individual, so that they can implement it into their daily schedule.