Let’s face it: no one likes to think about cybersecurity flaws in their business, much less plan for them. But since businesses all over the country are gearing up for long-term remote work, we want to give you a brush-up on some simple things you can (and should!) be doing to protect your business.
1. Review Your Business Insurance Carefully.
Most businesses carry some general liability insurance that would pay them in case of damage to their building or possessions. However, many businesses do not have enough coverage to replace all the computer equipment, devices, desks, art, supplies, and other items they’ve accumulated over the years. Make sure you review your policy every year and keep in mind new additions and assets you’ve added during that year.
2. Consider Cloud Computing.
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that your data and assets are stored off-site in a highly secure, high-availability data center with built-in failover and redundancy. That protects your cybersecurity even if your building was destroyed or if your server melted down due to an unexpected hardware failure. In the event of a disaster, everything you’ve worked so hard to create over the years will be safe – not a sitting duck in your unsecured closet or server room.
3. Secure Your Data.
Ensuring that you protect your data from theft is a never-ending battle, but you don’t want to lose. Companies vulnerable to data breaches can face severe penalties, lawsuits, and massive loss of credibility in the marketplace. You should never have to send an email to customers explaining the bad news that hackers accessed their info through you. Further, if you keep any sensitive information on portable devices, you should vigorously monitor employee access to those devices.
4. Write a Simple Disaster Recovery Plan.
The keyword here is “simple.” If your plan is too complicated or difficult, you won’t follow it. But at a minimum, think of the disasters that are most likely to happen and that would have a severe and negative impact on your company’s cybersecurity.
5. Review Your Employee Internet Policy.
With so many people having social media at their fingertips, your employees must know where the line is in what they can and can’t post online. We also recommend content filtering software to block content and websites you don’t want employees to visit during work hours.
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