Minimizing the Risk of Data Theft for Your Small Business

How do I protect my small business' data?

If there’s one thing that all business owners fear, it’s a threat with the potential to damage the integrity of their business, and maybe even tear it down to the point of no return. There are few threats to your business of this magnitude, but data theft definitely falls within this category. 

Data theft should be a concern for businesses of all sizes. The interconnected digital world we live in has many advantages, but one area that it has also left us vulnerable is more exposure to hackers who have become more sophisticated in their attempts to break in and steal sensitive and valuable data. The best way to protect your small business against data theft is by being proactive in taking steps to reduce your vulnerabilities. Here are just a few of the steps that every small business should take to protect themselves today.

 

Assess Your Risk Level

Don’t assume that because you’re a small business that data theft need not be on your radar. The general misconception that small businesses are immune to cyber-crimes is exactly why they’re such a major target of cyber criminals. Step one to protecting yourself is acknowledging that it can happen to you, and then assessing your risk. 

For instance, do you employ any remote team members, and how secure are the devices they’re using to access business data? Are you using on premise, cloud storage, or both? What steps have you taken to make sure they’re secure, and have you done enough? Who on your team has access to data, and have they been properly trained in how to handle and protect it?

 

Regular Maintenance

To protect your data on a daily basis, a set it and forget it mindset isn’t enough. Maybe you’ve invested in cloud storage and haven’t given it a thought since. Or, you feel your data protection measures are strong enough that you don’t really need to worry about backing up your data on a regular basis. These are crucial mistakes that can leave your business vulnerable.

Data protection requires regular maintenance. Make sure updates are done on schedule, make regular data backup a priority, and engage employees in your data protection efforts by making sure they change their passwords regularly and that they are kept in the loop regarding any changes to procedures and policies that involve data security. 

 

Think About the Future with a Disaster Recovery Plan

If we could anticipate and plan for every possible disaster, most of them wouldn’t be so disastrous at all. Unfortunately, disasters are unpredictable, and this means you need to have a data recovery plan in place in the event that a disaster – natural or manmade – compromises your data protection. 

 

Trust Apex To Keep Your Data Safe

More than 40% of small businesses that experience a major data breach go out of business. Data security really is that important to your success. At Apex Technology, we work to keep your business safe and secure by developing disaster recovery plans that keep your data intact – no matter what. Get in touch with Apex Technology to learn more about our disaster recovery and data backup services today.