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How to Protect Your Small Business from a Data Breach

Published on 07 August 13
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There are several reasons people may want to hack into your business data â to steal money, to gain access to your trade secrets, or phish for customer information. Thatâs why you need to put measures in place to protect your business. Take a look at these four things you should be doing to maximize the security of your business information.

Hold Mandatory Security Training

Most people understand the importance of security, but itâs good to give your employees reminders because people have a tendency of becoming lazy over time. Plus, 41 percent of security breaches are because of human error. Reminders can be done through company-wide security training. It doesnât have to be long; it just needs to cover the importance of keeping information secure and how your employees can do that. You should also give new employees a more in-depth training on your policies and procedures for securing business information.

Enforce Multi-Layer Passwords for Cellphones and Computers

Any device that contains business information should be secured with encryption and passwords, including cell phones. This protects your business information in the event of theft. For instance, it will be virtually impossible to hack a computer that has separate passwords for logging in to the computer, accessing the server, and also opening certain files.

You should require your employees to set up passwords that are unique and with enough characters to make them very hard to crack. The best passwords contain numbers, letters, and symbols and do not spell anything.
Update Your Network Security Often

New viruses and malware are developed each day, which is why you need to diligently update your network security across all business devices. If you host your own server, this means buying software to protect your company information or hiring someone to manage your network and server for you. You also need to install antivirus software on all business devices. This is not fail-safe, but it does prevent a lot of data breaches from happening.
Lock Up Paperwork and Shred it When You Donât Need It

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Going completely paperless is the best way to protect your business from data breaches, but if this is not possible for your business, you should make sure all of your paperwork is locked away. Then, you should shred it when you no longer need it.

Having a data breach can cost your business a lot of money and it can also hurt your reputation. For instance, a Massachusetts pathology company had to pay $140,000 in fines after medical information for 67,000 patients, including social security numbers, was found at a waste transfer site.

Having a data breach is not something you want to deal with as a business owner, which is why you should take all of these precautions. You may also want to get data breach insurance coverage from a company like TheHartford.com so that you can get your business on the right track if you ever do face a data breach problem. Is there anything else your business does to stay protected?



There are several reasons people may want to hack into your business data â to steal money, to gain access to your trade secrets, or phish for customer information. Thatâs why you need to put measures in place to protect your business. Take a look at these four things you should be doing to maximize the security of your business information.

Hold Mandatory Security Training

Most people understand the importance of security, but itâs good to give your employees reminders because people have a tendency of becoming lazy over time. Plus, 41 percent of security breaches are because of human error. Reminders can be done through company-wide security training. It doesnât have to be long; it just needs to cover the importance of keeping information secure and how your employees can do that. You should also give new employees a more in-depth training on your policies and procedures for securing business information.

Enforce Multi-Layer Passwords for Cellphones and Computers

Any device that contains business information should be secured with encryption and passwords, including cell phones. This protects your business information in the event of theft. For instance, it will be virtually impossible to hack a computer that has separate passwords for logging in to the computer, accessing the server, and also opening certain files.

You should require your employees to set up passwords that are unique and with enough characters to make them very hard to crack. The best passwords contain numbers, letters, and symbols and do not spell anything.

Update Your Network Security Often

New viruses and malware are developed each day, which is why you need to diligently update your network security across all business devices. If you host your own server, this means buying software to protect your company information or hiring someone to manage your network and server for you. You also need to install antivirus software on all business devices. This is not fail-safe, but it does prevent a lot of data breaches from happening.

Lock Up Paperwork and Shred it When You Donât Need It

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Going completely paperless is the best way to protect your business from data breaches, but if this is not possible for your business, you should make sure all of your paperwork is locked away. Then, you should shred it when you no longer need it.

Having a data breach can cost your business a lot of money and it can also hurt your reputation. For instance, a Massachusetts pathology company had to pay $140,000 in fines after medical information for 67,000 patients, including social security numbers, was found at a waste transfer site.

Having a data breach is not something you want to deal with as a business owner, which is why you should take all of these precautions. You may also want to get data breach insurance coverage from a company like TheHartford.com so that you can get your business on the right track if you ever do face a data breach problem. Is there anything else your business does to stay protected?

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  1. 11 August 13
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    Thanks Jessica.

    These are indeed good tips/reminder to all SMEs/business owners.

    Just to add one specific and very useful (I think so) point especially for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) since many of them use wireless network nowadays. if you are using a wireless network for your SME, besides wireless password, you ought to set MAC filters i.e. only PCs/Laptops/Mobile devices, with registered MAC addresses, shall be able to access the wireless network of your business. Each PC/Laptop/mobile device has a unique physical MAC address. It is very simple to do set-up and can be implemented quickly. Just call up your wireless network provider and they shall be able to suggest you the steps over the phone.

    Hope this is of help.

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