If you’re a business owner, you’re going to be dealing with constant and consistent threats to your workplace.
If it’s not the competition undercutting you, or someone stealing an idea, it’s going to be general theft and the safety of your premises. Another threat may be someone trying to pinch your employees from you.
Business in the modern day seems more about protecting yourself and your work than working.
The truth is that businesses are going to face threats on a daily basis and these threats are going to originate in more places than one.
Even if your business doesn’t have a physical presence, the newest and worst threat to your livelihood and work is cyber-crime. If your business has a web presence, and it should have, it’s a target for more criminals than ever. What’s worse is that you could be leaving the door wide open for them.
Your business is going to hold a lot of valuable data and financial information, and it’s perhaps the data that is more of a target to cyber criminals than the financial information. If you think about it, there’s a limit to the amount of success one can experience with access to financial information. Data, on the other hand, is gold dust.
Think of lead generation. People interested in your business are leads, and if you’re doing business right, you’re going to hold a lot of information on your systems about your customers. The information of your customers is going to generate a lot of leads for someone out there, and criminals know that. The information held on your systems will attract a lot of bidders, and it’s probably going to be held less securely than financial information.
It’s so imperative to either encrypt data, or to assess whether you actually need it or not. If you’re holding onto information that isn’t needed, you could put people and your business at risk. Not only that, but data you do not need is taking up space. Either encrypt it or securely destroy it. It’s going to make your business a lot less of a tempting raid.
If you need help with keeping your computers safe, seek it immediately. This isn’t light-hearted, and if you’re a victim because of your lack of computing knowledge, it could be disastrous. Seeking managed IT security services might be a good idea if you’re not in the know.
Anti-virus software is above all, the key to keeping your computers safe. If a virus gets in through a download, you need to ensure that you are protected, and this software will do that for you. Each download should be scanned. If you’re not deploying anti-virus software, then you are in immediate danger. Resolve that error quickly. Being the victim of a trojan or ransomware isn’t fun at all.
Safeguarding your business is a daily task and one you above all need to take seriously. Being the victim of cyber-crime doesn’t just put you in danger; it puts your customers at risk. Business is based on trust, and if your clients cannot trust you, it’s over.