Small businesses constitute the vast majority of businesses in the UK. The data held by these companies is expected to be safe and secure but many don’t have the resources of larger enterprises to invest in high end solutions. So what can they do?
Here’s a few ideas to help secure data and system that you may not have thought of:
1. Understand where your data is held. It could be local servers, desktops, tablets and mobile phones. It is important to understand where this data is and how it is secured. Is it backed up? Some documentation can help prevent data loss.
2. Bad things can happen to anyone. Fire, Flooding and earthquakes may seem unlikely but the recent flooding in the UK only highlights the kind of problems you may find yourself in. Make sure backup plans are in place and also have a up to date disaster recovery plan so staff know what to do if the main office / site is out of action.
3. Train your staff about computer security. Most cases of fraud are related to end users unwittingly giving people access to local systems. This can either be by misuse or inappropriate web browsing through to more simply phishing emails getting a response.
4. Deploy some simple security across your systems. Firewalls, endpoint security software on desktops, servers and tablets. Make sure updates are run on your operating systems and don’t ignore Mac’s and linux machines.
5. Destroy old devices correctly and make sure hard disks are wiped. Sounds simple but many companies dispose of equipment without wiping hard disks. Also remember usb drives, SD cards and paper records that may contain confidential info. We often see passwords stuck to screens on post it notes!
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