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Follow these Tips if you Want to Keep your Business Safe Online

Internet security should really be high on your company’s agenda.

If you don’t take the right steps when trying to protect your business, then this could lead to even more problems in the future and this is the last thing that you need when you already have so many things to think about. If you want to stop all of this from becoming an issue then you can find out everything you need to know, right here.

Shut out Malware

You would never dream of leaving your backdoor wide open at night, so why would you even think about inviting cybercriminals into your business? If you want to help yourself here, then you have to make sure that you secure your computers. Malware is malicious and it is fully designed to infiltrate and damage your computer without your consent or knowledge. One way for you to stop this from happening would be for you to apply a firewall. A good internet router will usually come with one built-in already, you just need to turn it on. Of course, this isn’t good enough to shield you from every type of malware out there, but it does give you a nice line of defence. You also need to protect your computer by buying the best security software out there. This will usually run in the background of your computer and it will also alert you if anything suspicious is detected. Finally, it helps to have an anti-spam policy. This will block or reduce any unwanted emails and it will also stop your team from being distracted as much. Bad links will also be blocked from finding their way into your company infrastructure as well and this can really work in your favour.

Write Down your Policy

Size is not really relevant when it comes to crime or even fraud. The main reason for this is because small businesses are generally much easier to target because they have no IT or internet support. If you want to stop this from being a problem, then you need to teach your team about your security requirements and you also need to set strong passwords too. If someone chooses not to follow your policy, then it may help for you to have enforceable consequences. You have to make sure that you back up your words as much as possible because if you don’t then you may find that your business ends up suffering as a result. If you feel as though you need some additional support when keeping your data secure then you’ll be glad to know that Borgata have a complete online guide available.



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Tackle Social Media

Like it or not, social media really is here to stay. For this reason, you have to empower your employees so that they know what guidelines they need to follow as well as minimising the risk that your company faces overall. Decide who is able to speak on behalf of your company and make sure that you only allow them to post about any internal or even external events. It’s also a good idea for you to define what is confidential and what isn’t. A set of guidelines will really help you out here and it will also give you the chance to really push your business into the future.

Get Critical

Choose security systems that actually help you to conquer the latest threats while also limiting distractions for your team. It also helps to keep them productive as well. This involves teaching your team about the sites that they can browse as well as selecting solutions that will stop them from browsing sites they shouldn’t. If you need to get some help here, then it helps to look into URL filtering as this will help you to keep everything under control and you may even find that you are able to boost productivity as a result.

Ask your Team for Help

Did you know that high profile data loss can cause you to lose out on customer trust? What’s even more shocking is that up to 80% of data loss is actually caused by human error. This could be because your team are sending out confidential or even sensitive information to the wrong people or that they are not accessing it in a way that is secure. The implications for data loss or even accidental leaks are posing as a greater risk as the days go by, so you have to make sure that your team know about the regulatory requirements and that they are also aware of the best practices they need to follow so that they can protect the right information.

BYOD

One of the best ways for you to save money as a small business would be for you to give your team the chance to bring their own devices to work. When you do, you can then give them an additional level of comfort while also helping them to feel more at ease in the workplace. The question is, are there any additional risks that come with BYOD?  There aren’t, if you have the right policy. If you have a BYOD plan, then this will give you a safety net against any potential repercussions and it may even help you with mobile system costs too. If you want to help yourself here then you have to make sure that you draft a clear and comprehensive policy that will cover things like data deletion, location tracking and even internet monitoring. You should also anticipate employees using mobile devices. There are several plans that you can implement here to link the systems with one another so that everything is protected under an umbrella policy. A lot of small businesses adopt the BYOD trend because it gives them the chance to improve profit while also giving them a higher level of efficiency. If it’s going to compromise your business security however then it’s certainly not worth investing in.

Be Current

You have to make sure that your mobile users, computers and even servers have the best threat intelligence. You are only really as secure as your last update. A lot of businesses don’t like security systems because they believe that it slows down their PC. If this is a concern of yours then you’ll be glad to know that you are not alone. You do however need to look for solutions that make the vendor’s own database do the work for you. Hosted capabilities will usually help you with that, so make sure that you explore this as an option. New methods of anti-virus detection are always being released too, and this is because new viruses are always being developed. Updating your system is so important here because if you don’t then you may find that you end up compromising your own business.

Security Partners

You have to choose a vendor who understands your needs as well as someone who is able to support your small business. Don’t just choose someone because they are a good vendor either. Choose them because they would make a good partner. When you do, you will be able to keep your business way more secure and you may even find that you end up saving money in the long-run too.

Of course, keeping your business secure doesn’t have to be difficult and when you follow the above tips, you will soon find that it is easier than ever before for you to give your team and your business the support that’s required.