Tighten Your Business Security
Security is always going to be an issue that needs to be of concern when you operate any business. It doesn’t matter if you own a small business that is working out of your home or if you own a large business that spans several offices, you need to be careful about the data that is being collected. In some cases, it is a matter of being responsible for your customers if you collect their Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other sensitive data. It may also be a means of securing your own financial information that, if it were compromised, could cost your business quite a bit of money. What are some of the things that you can do to lock down your business as tightly as possible?
The first thing that you need to do is identify the reason why security breaches occur in the first place. One of the ways in which this can occur is by inappropriate disclosure within your organization. For example, one of your employees may post something on Facebook or perhaps on a personal blog about your business that will give easy access to your network to an outside resource. You must speak with your employees in advance of this type of problem occurring and severely limit how much is able to be discussed about your business through electronic means.
You also need to be cautious about hackers that are trying to get into your computer and steal your sensitive data. In some cases, they will come into your computer through a virus or perhaps through spyware that opens a backdoor and allows them easy access. This can be limited to a certain extent by using anti-spyware programs and antivirus software. A combination of those two should be run on every computer that is attached to the network and they should be updated on a regular basis.
Have you employed any type of hard drive encryption? This is something that should be done by every business that stores sensitive data on their computer. As a matter of fact, this should be something that is considered in any type of computer and network security within your company. By encrypting the hard drive, you are making it virtually impossible for anybody who gains access to the hard drive to utilize it. Even if they are able to access your most sensitive data, the fact that it is encrypted makes it impossible for them to use.
One other thing that you need to be cautious about is how you dispose of any item out of your office. If you are throwing away papers, take the time to make sure that they are shredded so that they cannot be used to access your personal data. The same is also true when you are throwing away any type of mobile device, regardless of whether it is a phone, laptop or CD. You need to make sure that they are disposed of properly and that any sensitive data is not only wiped from the system, the system itself is destroyed.