7 Simple Tips to Improve Data Security

September 20, 2017


Everyone knows security is no joke, but just to put it into perspective, the average cost for a small business that suffers a cyber attack is $9,000, according to the National Small Business Technology Survey. If that sum would threaten your small business, use these 7 simple tips to protect yourself.

  1. Antivirus & Antispyware

Make sure each of your organization’s computers has antivirus and antispyware. If you have even one weakness in your organization, you are putting all your data and assets at risk. Your antivirus and antispyware software should be updated regularly.

2. Internet Connection

You can’t work without internet. But you can’t work securely on the web without using a firewall, encryption for sensitive information, and a hidden wi-fi network.

3. Educate Employees

According to a recent study, human error is responsible for more than three-quarters of data breaches. If your employees know more about cyber threats and how to protect your organization’s data, your entire organization will be safer.

4. Policies

Having security practices and policies is important. Your company should have these official policies in place, and all employees should be aware of them.

5. Passwords

It may sound like the most trivial security item, but this fundamental stronghold is important. A password that includes capitals, numbers, and preferably a phrase will up your security in a big way.

6. Data Loss Protection

Invest in data loss protection software. You should also encrypt your data in transit. Using two-factor authentication is another data loss protection must.

7. Website

Protect all public-facing web pages, not just checkout and sign-in pages.

 

These sever tips are important to secure your organization. Locking these security tips down should help you sleep a little easier at night. Unfortunately, there is still a chance you could suffer a cyber attack.

 

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