Today’s business operators have more security issues to keep in mind than ever before. Not only do they have to worry about the safety and security of their staff; they’re also likely to have a substantial amount of personal information or private data under their care. This could include everything from financial information for their clients to proprietary intel that they don’t want their competitors to gain access to.
Along those lines, here are seven lessons that every business owner needs to learn in order to keep their operations safe and secure:
1. You need a cyber-security plan.
Don’t wait for a crisis to strike. Work in advance to determine how you will accomplish the following:
- Prevent cyber security intrusions (i.e. hacks)
- Resolve security breaches and attacks
- Recover from an attack
2. Clearly mark out tiers of access.
It’s much easier to allow general employee access to most files on your server, but this is almost always a bad idea. Determine who gets access to what – ahead of time – and institute this policy from the start.
3. You can keep private data safer with secure shredding.
Shredding large batches of documents is a necessary means of ensuring that your private data is kept safe, but it’s important that you trust the company that sees to the shredding. Paper Escape is one of the most-trusted document shredders in the UK. We transport documents in secure vehicles, keep our premises secure with security alarms and hold ourselves accountable via seamless CCTV monitoring.
4. Be vigilant with passwords.
Have protocol in place to stop employees from using easily hacked passwords. A good password is long, randomised and takes a variety of characters into account.
5. You probably need to step up your antivirus and antimalware protection.
For evidence of this, look no further than the high-profile hack in 2015, which was reported on by the New York Times. Using simple malware (opened by bank employees), hackers stole millions of dollars from the affected banks.
6. Investing in a safe is worth it.
You never know when someone is going to break in. But if they do, you’ll be glad you’re most valuable files were secured in a safe. Assuming you have physical files or items of serious value on the premises, the cost of a safe is almost certainly going to be worth it.
7. Encrypting your data offers a strong layer of protection.
Data encryption is becoming easier than ever thanks advances in user-friendly software. The value of encrypting data is that even if a handheld device or laptop is lost, the data found on it cannot be accessed without the security key. This is another one of those considerations you’ll be glad you took care of early, as it’s too late once the device in question has been lost.
Get in touch with Paper Escape today to find out more about the specific ways in which we can boost the safety and security of any sensitive data under your care.