The worst thing that can happen to your small business is a security breach. Once that happens, customers will have trouble trusting you. Large companies can afford the hit to their reputation. Your startup cannot. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to increase your company’s security levels.
1. Use Multiple Authentication Layers
Many parts of your small business can and should be protected by passwords, but it doesn’t matter how strong a password is. Any password can be broken, given enough time and information. To be truly secure, you must use multiple authentication layers. Depending on your business and needs, you can use anything from biometrics to security phrases that are sent to your phone confirm that the right person is using the password.
2. Perform Enough Background Checks and Screen Everyone
Security problems aren’t always caused by external threats. They can also be caused by internal problems, such as untrustworthy personnel. A good number of data breaches can come from someone simply leaking information or products. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small business or a large company – screen everyone, no matter how seemingly harmless the position. Make sure people you hire know how to use your security measures, and run them through a trial period wherein their access to sensitive information is limited.
3. Make Sure Everything is Up-to-Date
Cybercriminals are incredibly diligent. They’re always on the lookout for new ways to break current security systems. With every vulnerability they find and exploit, security companies create new ways to protect your small business. Keeping your security software up-to-date ensures that you’re as protected as possible.
4. Use Disaster Recovery Services
Danger doesn’t always come from theft or ill intent. Sometimes hackers just want to destroy your data. Sometimes the problem comes from Mother Nature in the form of floods and earthquakes that devastate your servers and hard drives. Fortunately, disaster recovery services can keep a backup of your data and help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. While this can cost you financially, it’s worth the cost if you expect cyberattacks or Mother Nature to strike.
5. Make Passwords as Secure as Possible
The big secret of security is that all security is, given enough time, breakable. What you’re hoping for is to present a strong enough front that it dissuades most hackers from even trying. They’re not going to try to go for the tallest walls, they’re going to go for the chain link fence that can be solved in 30 seconds with a pair of bolt-cutters.
The first line of defense is your password system. Make it strong enough, from requiring high strength passwords to replacing it every day for people with access to sensitive information, and you should help keep your small business safe.
Security for your small business is of the utmost importance. It’s not just to keep customer faith and loyalty, it’s to keep the future of your startup on track. Nothing ruins your future faster than the competition getting a sneak peek at future developments and countering them before you’ve even rolled out your new offering.