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April 14, 2022
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5 Things to do Now to Secure Your Data

Almost every business uses computers to run operations. Still, whenever you do, you create a risk of harm. Such harm might include data loss, privacy breaches and an interruption to operations. Each of these might impact your ability to continue to work and make money. They might even open the business up to legal action or other costly losses. What should you do, right now, to prevent data losses and security breaches?

There are many ways to make your data and usage risks more secure. Let’s look at five common security steps.

1. Install Cybersecurity Systems 
A multitude of computer programs exist to place on your data to keep it more secure. Consider installing, at minimum:

  • Virus detection and quarantine systems 

  • Firewall protection 

  • Phishing detectors 

If you have access to an IT professional, ask them what systems best benefit your business. Also check to see if any industry regulations require certain data security.

2. Update and Backup Systems 
Once you have these systems, update them with system changes as necessary. This will help guarantee you have access to the latest protection.

At the same time, back up all your data regularly. With a backup, you’ll create a copy of data in case your original gets lost, stolen or destroyed. It can prove valuable to minimizing operational losses following hazards.

3. Get Cyber Liability Insurance 
In the event of data losses or damage, you might put third parties, like vendors or clients in a bind. They and other entities, like regulators, might hold you responsible for their losses. With cyber liability insurance, you can compensate the affected parties. It might cover legal settlements, data recovery and a host of other useful services. Ask your insurance agent about its benefit to you.

4. Monitor Access to Data 
Every employer must know who uses data at what times. Whether it is you or an employee accessing this data, put in place a way to track this usage. You might do so through:

  • Password protection 

  • Log-in and usage monitors 

  • More complex levels of security, like facial or fingerprint recognition 

Never leave data where a client, potential thief or other unauthorized party might see it. Strictly enforce computer locking and sign-out rules.

5. Require Training 
Both you and your employees must know how to use your computer systems. Give written and oral instructions on:

  • Data privacy and confidentiality rules 

  • All password requirements 

  • Practical security steps, such as how to avoid spam or phishing email attempts. 

With a little care, you and your employees can create a more secure data environment. Never hesitate to go above and beyond to keep cyber information secure.

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