Best Security Practices For Small Businesses

If you’re running a small business then there’s no doubt that a lot of your business is conducted via computer or the internet.  Even if you run a retail store you likely take credit cards, have an email list, and perhaps store customer information on your computers.  Not to mention your financials and banking information that is also likely done over the internet.  Because of the sensitivity of all of this information it’s vital that you ensure that you’re running a few best practices to ensure that your business and information is safe from falling into the wrong hands.

Setup A Proper Backup Schedule

If you’re not backing up your information then it’s only a matter of time before you run into issues with this.  There will either be a physical drive failure, a natural disaster, or theft.  Your computer is highly likely to fail at some point in the future, and if you’re not running backups then you’re not protected from these events.

In the event that a malware or ransomware seizes your computer, then a backup is the most important thing that you can possibly have.  If your computer does fall prey to a ransomware, then if you have a backup of everything you have nothing to worry about.  I highly recommend instituting two methods of backup: physical and cloud.  I use Backblaze to ensure that my computer is backed up all the time and I don’t have to remember to run it – it runs in the background.

Outsource Your Complex IT Tasks

If you’re running a business and you’re not an IT expert already, then it’s too much to ask to take that role on yourself.  This is especially true when it comes to important compliance issues.  Outsourcing your IT is a very cost effective way of doing business.  It’s worth it when it can prevent you from costly issues such as security breaches, downtime, and other issues.

According to San Diego IT support specialists AMA Networks, having a managed IT solution in place is one of the most important aspects of any small to medium sized business.  This is because it’s not always obvious for these smaller companies to have an IT solution in place – they think they aren’t big enough.

Educate Employees

I was just reading today on Krebs On Security that there are a number of new and complex phone schemes making the rounds.  It’s important to keep employees abreast of these new developments in the security world.  Holding monthly meetings to ensure that employees know what to look for in terms of scams and phishing is extremely important.  In fact, my business just received a letter urging us to pay over $300 for workplace compliance, however it was a scam.  A very official looking scam.  An employee who is asleep at the wheel and doesn’t know what to be on the lookout for is suspect to falling for these schemes.

If you have any questions about how to prepare your business to be secure in 2019 then leave a comment below with the issues you’re facing!