In this article we discuss Is Your Business Secure from Online Attacks
Online security is paramount for small businesses and large corporations alike. Without it, you can lose vital information, not to mention the implications of hackers having access to it.
In the past year, two thirds of large businesses had experienced a cyber breach or attack according to a recent government survey. But how can you ensure your business is secure from these kinds of attacks? Don’t worry. There are a few simple things you can do to minimise the risk of your business being hacked or attacked online. Read on for our helpful tips.
The first step towards a secure business is assessing the nature of your data. What data are you storing and what would happen if it were to be lost or leaked? High-risk data, such as key financial information, passwords or customer records, needs to be prioritised. This isn’t to say forget about low-risk data, but you need to ensure the high-risks are dealt with first
Investing in good security software seems like a given, but it’s an area where so many companies fail. If your computers don’t have firewalls and anti-virus software they will fall at the first hurdle when it comes to online attacks. Also consider protecting information like passwords by educating employees. Having all the software in the world is no use if passwords are weak or easily given away.
To keep your business secure, you need to keep it updated. Software updates are designed – amongst other things – to keep the software secure. Whether it’s antivirus software, applications or updates to the operating system, get it at the top of your list. Avoiding updates could come back to bite you – it’s really not worth it.
One of the big problems with online attacks is data loss. Losing essential data can set your business back hugely. But by backing up your data, you can restore any lost data with ease. Prioritise high risk data, but ideally you should have all your data backed up securely.
Consider the cloud
While big businesses can invest in and manage their own backup servers and security, most small businesses simply don’t have the time and money. Cloud solutions make online security accessible for small businesses. They are ideal for data storage, backup and recovery for small and medium businesses, without the need for huge financial resources.
With our five tips, you should be able to create a secure environment for your business online. However, businesses should also remember the basics. Ensure all premises are secure to prevent theft and keep track of which employees or clients have access to important information.
But, most importantly, act now. Whatever you plan to do to make your business more secure, you should do it as soon as possible. Hackers aren’t going to wait, and without security online, you could find yourself in a tough situation.
About the author
Kamran Maqbool is the Managing Director at Green Cloud Hosting – UK specialists in cloud computing solutions