So much of our world has moved online. Where companies once stored physical files, kept paper with customer information and sent payments by mail, much of this business is now handled digitally. While our current systems are more efficient and in many ways more secure, the digital world comes with its own security threats.
This means that business owners have additional responsibilities. Cybercrime threatens consumer data on new levels, and companies should implement digital security tips today to create better protection for tomorrow.
Not sure where to start? Follow our 10 digital safety tips.
- Create a cyber security plan. The first step in better protection for your business and your customers is a cyber plane. This plan should help detect and protect against cyber security threats such as ransomware, machine or account hacking, hacking and more.
- Know your vulnerabilities. Take a step back and think: Which parts of my business are most important for the business to function smoothly? When was the last time you added protection or updated security in these areas? Identifying your most important vulnerabilities can help you build proper protection and protect vulnerabilities. Also, always assume that you are vulnerable can help you think ahead and stay alert.
- Implement complex passwords. These passwords should be strong and unique, and all team members should be trained in complex password usage. Find ways to make your passwords more secure with these eight password security tips.
- Protect physical devices. If customers or clients visit your company, protect your devices with passwords known only to your team members. Adjust the locking time of computers so that they do not remain open when team members leave, or instruct team members to password protect screens when they step out. Screen protectors can also be effective in keeping information safe from all angles.
- Use multifactor authentication. The more steps there are in the authentication process, the more secure the customer information becomes.
- Move objects to the cloud. If customers fill in physical information or paper files are available, consider moving this information to the cloud and refraining from physical files. Doing so protects it from theft, building fires or floods, or wear and tear. And when you build the right protection around information in the cloud, it’s much more secure than physical documentation.
- Protect your Wi-Fi. Keep your guest Wi-Fi network separate from your employee’s network. Use strong network passwords and hide your team’s network from unauthorized users if possible.
- Be careful what you click on. To keep viruses and cyberattacks away, team members should be wary of unsafe websites or email links that look suspicious or come from unknown senders.
- Test your team. When team members fall for phishing, it can put customer and company data at risk. Give employees information on what to look for and avoid. Some companies even implement phishing tests where they send test fraud emails to their team and encourage them to report the communication.
- Keep improving. Digital security is not a one-time solution. In fact, it is important to continue to adapt your security routines when fraudsters adapt their tactics. The best cyber hygiene comes from following these digital security tips, conducting internal security audits and continuing to improve your security strategies.
After implementing these digital security tips, talk to a local, independent agent about your corporate security and additional coverage options.