Securing your data

April 27, 2016

IT security threats can wreak havoc on a small business, posing concerns for business owners and customers alike.

Securing your data does not have to be a daunting task; there are some simple steps you can take to minimise your risk of a data breach, such as the following:

Update software

Security software needs to be installed on all of your business’s devices and regularly updated to protect against emerging online threats. Keep up to date with antivirus and anti-spyware software, use good firewall and a secure wireless connection.

Regularly back up

Backing up your data regularly is one of the most important safeguards to protecting your data. A combination of on-site, i.e. hard drives connected to a computer, and off-site (cloud technology) backups should be used.

Cloud-based backups are useful for storing sensitive information but are not suitable for large backups, such as videos and photos. Cloud technology allows you to retrieve your data from elsewhere, if one backup goes down. It protects against internet theft as the data is encrypted before it is sent to the cloud.

Build a culture of data privacy

Creating a culture of IT security in your workplace helps to educate staff and set expectations around technology uses. A good privacy policy should outline IT security and confidentiality. Reviewing your policy regularly and creating a contingency and disaster plan can help to prevent and manage mishaps.

For more handy business tips, contact Leenane Templeton today on 02 4926 2300.

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