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Data security - is your business safe?

With so much of business taking place through computers and the Internet, it has never been more important to ensure all aspects of your digital operations are secure. This has only been exacerbated with the advent of working from home due to COVID-19, with important information moving purely digitally and private meetings taking place over Zoom. From the basics to more advanced techniques and methods, here are a range of ways to iterate on your current operation and things to consider when improving your cybersecurity.

Ensure you’re performing regular backups A malicious attack on your business may involve corrupting or even stealing important data such as financial records or even your website. One way to minimise the impact if you are breached, or your data corrupted, is to ensure that all your files are safely backed up, preferably off-site with the most secure provider available. This kind of service is so important for guaranteeing your business’ ongoing health, so make sure that when you’re procuring a service like this, you take extra care to educate yourself, do your research and ensure you are getting the best possible service. If you’re going to do this in-house, make sure your IT team has the necessary ability and experience to properly manage such a system as mistakes in this area can be very costly and damaging.

Perform updates regularly and pick your software wisely A relatively simple way of ensuring your business’ ongoing data security is to ensure all of your software, operating systems and firmware is up to date. Developers and software providers are near-constantly releasing updates that improve security and repair any existing weaknesses that could be exploited by malicious hackers. This should be done as regularly as possible, so set up alerts to ensure you know when all of your software has an update released and action them as quickly as possible. Furthermore, some software providers are more secure than others; so be sure to research the data privacy practices and security history of any software you procure, especially if you’re using it to discuss important business matters through video calling or handling financial information.

Educate your employees There are plenty of comprehensive training programmes available to educate your employees on some simple and effective ways of protecting data, make sure they understand the size of potential risks as this will instil a sense of importance in these practices. These are all especially important in this era of working from home, where establishing secure connections to centralised servers is of vital importance. Remember, you are only as secure as your least astute employee, so be sure to educate your entire workforce to the highest possible standard.

Outsourcing Due to the importance of data security for the continued success of any business, the most productive and effective method of ensuring your security is to outsource any new programme or implementation. The potential risks of a poor cybersecurity operation mean this is something you can’t afford to get wrong, so consider bringing in some experts to ensure your continued security. Minc offers a range of IT consultancy and outsourcing services, find out more here.

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