Data security is an essential part of any functioning business. If you don’t take security seriously and fail to implement safeguards, the consequences can be devastating. You don’t have to take our word for it though. A recent survey found that 64% of companies experience web-based attacks, and 43% of those attacks target small businesses. If you haven’t put a ton of time and effort into this part of your business lately, here are 5 steps to take right away:

Concept about the value of data for information and knowledge1. Delete customer data

Only save customer data when you have to. The more data you save, the more liability you have to protect your customers. Hackers are more inclined to steal information when it’s easy to access and all in one place.

2. Secure Wi-Fi networks

If you provide Wi-Fi for your employees, make sure all of your networks are encrypted and hidden. Be sure to password protect your router as well. If your employees work in a communal office space, be extra careful because a lack of security can lead to data being exposed or stolen.

If your employees are working from home, encourage them to use a VPN, hide their network from view, and use secure firewalls. It might even be a good idea to hold an “all hands on deck” meeting and educate your team about “best” safety practices.

3. Pay all expenses with a company credit card

When using a company credit card, there is zero-liability fraud protection and you won’t be charged if you need to dispute a fraudulent transaction. It’s a win-win situation!

Another tip is to always use a credit card for any work transactions because they have the most security features. Keep your debit card for personal transactions or withdrawals. Plus, if you always use a credit card, you can earn rewards for your purchases like airline tickets, cash bonuses, or discounts.

4. Change passwords often

All employees must use unique passwords that are switched out every three months for optimal security. Employers must also implement multi-factor authentication to secure data effectively. An outsourced IT professional can implement this quickly and for a reasonable price.

5. Create an emergency plan

You can take all of these precautions, but emergencies and mistakes will still happen. We recommend creating a robust plan where there are clear steps of how to shut down computer systems and notify authorities that a data breach happened. From there, you need to understand how to make sure it never happens again.

At Cordatus Resource Group, we can help you find the right IT to help keep your data safe and secure. Visit our website to learn more and read testimonials from our satisfied customers.