With small businesses constituting the vast majority of American businesses, the security of the information held within is vital to their success and reputation. Small Business customers and clients expect their information to be held with such security that you would feel comfortable handling your own in the same manner. While these small businesses may not have a designated IT department, it is still extremely important in day-to-day operation. Keep reading for tips that small businesses can follow to prevent any security breaches!
- Utilize the Google Cloud – When storing your data in the Cloud, you are entrusting your sensitive information to Google’s servers and experts, consisting of over 550 security experts, 2-step verification sign-in process, and mobile device security.
- Natural Disaster Backup – Businesses are susceptible to all kinds of natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, fires, and burglary. In the event of any of these disasters, having a strong and current off-site backup can prevent detrimental data loss.
- Firewalls – Deploying firewalls for your network can prevent hacking while web browsing and controls all if the information flowing into and out of your office.
- Disposing of Old Equipment – When upgrading hardware, it is important to wipe any and all data off of the old. Upgrading can be an exciting time, but be sure to pay attention to data stored directly on the hardware, as this could potentially be accessed by the next owner.
- Background Checks – It is easy to trust the employees you have and the morals they keep. However, as this has hurt businesses in the past, it is always better safe than sorry when handling your and your client’s private information. When hiring, be consistent with running background checks and never dismiss the power of a quick Facebook search.
- Mobile Devices – In today’s constantly connected world, it is common for you and your employees to access email and documents from mobile devices. This calls for advancing your mobile security and, luckily, Google has made this possible. From your own control panel, you can view connected mobile devices, push security configurations for those that are authorized, and block those that are not. Even better? In the event that a mobile device is lost or stolen, it can be remotely wiped.
- Policies – Since your business is handling outside information, it is important to be clear with employees on what is expected of them when handling this information. This includes sharing information, accessing unauthorized sites while working, etc.
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Jessica Bledsoe is the co-founder of River City Networks located in Louisville, KY. River City Networks is Louisville’s first IT services firm specializing in the Google Cloud platforms for businesses with less than 75 employees.
When she’s not managing the day-to-day operations at River City Networks, Jessica enjoys traveling, cuddling her dogs, and binge-watching reality TV.