7 Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to Data Breaches
Big companies aren’t the only ones that should be concerned about data security, as small businesses are regularly at risk for data breaches and other cybercrimes. Payment and personal information, client contacts and bank account details should never be compromised, as the consequences for those affected could be dire. Businesses must be deliberate to avoid these circumstances and remain safe.
Since small businesses are particularly vulnerable to attacks, taking measures toward securing data before launch (or as soon as possible) is recommended.
Avoiding these 7 common security mistakes is a great step toward securing your business’s safety.
Failure to control access to data
Complacency in passwords
You’ve probably heard this one before, but many companies are still not keen on regular password changes and the need for stronger passphrases. For hackers, a weak password is an invitation. Strong passwords must be 12-14 characters, and avoiding automatic logins is recommended. Changing passwords every 90 days is also best practice.
It may not seem simple to generate a new password for every platform, but consider it. Having the same password for all sites compromises all your information when one account is hacked.
Failure to educate employees
Absence of maintenance
Insecure data storage
Many people store data on USB drives, which are usually attached to key rings. Many of them are left lying around in places where anyone could access the sensitive data on them. Many companies also use tape backups that are often taken offsite. The loss of a thumb drive, phone or tape could mean financial loss or even create legal trouble for your business.
Those that choose portable storage devices should invest in strong encryption tactics to keep data safe at all times.
Trying to do everything in-house
Taking a DIY attitude to everything could cause future issues. Whether a big or small business, enlisting help can mean the difference between catching costly mistakes. Consider partnering with reputable service providers to ensure that sensitive information is being handled by experts. This way your team can focus on performing their duties without fear of security breaches.
Ensuring data security is a full-time job that involves upgrading security efforts. The dangers are real, and you should never assume that your business is too small to attract hackers. Complacency exposes companies to attacks, so be sure to remain alert to avoid security breaches.
To see if your organization is at risk, please give us a call at (513) 712-1212. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your level of exposure.