Electronic data management is an inevitable part
to run any business today, but what would happen to your restaurant if it is sensitive
Information was the goal of a cyber attack? We tend to remember big,
scandalous data breaches like Equifax or Sony, but that's just because they are
very published. In reality, an estimated 90% of cyber attacks are estimated to be small
companies and the average cost of one is $ 116,967. Couple it with loss of customer confidence and suddenly
It is no surprise that 60% of the small companies go into operation within 6 months after a breach of the data.
5 Cyber Security Tips for Keeping Your Restaurant Business Safe
different passwords for your accounts.
Use the same password for multiple accounts
means easy access to more assets if it comes in hiding hands.
- Do not use standard or
common password keyboard patterns (eg 123456, QWERTY)
- Create strong passwords
by mixing upper and lower case letters, using numbers and symbols and avoiding
- Use different passwords
for different locations – you can use a password manager to keep track of them
Do not open suspicious attachment attachments .
or posing as a trustworthy entity to deceive recipients into revealing sensitive
info, is one of the most common ways that criminals steal important information. Click
In a phishing attachment, you can install malware or ransomware to steal
account username and password.
- Before you open one
email, consider whether the message is from someone you know and if you are
waiting for the email. If not, you may want to delete it or report it to yours
- Look for spelling
errors or strange email addresses in the message, which may be a sign of a
Don't send insecure, sensitive data electronically .
Emails and instant messages containing
private information must be encrypted. Cyber criminals are skilled at
intercept and steal sensitive data, including customer credit cards
number and employee personal data.
- Password protection all
sensitive documents. Give the recipient password safely
- Encrypt email messages
contains social security numbers, financial data or passwords. Refer to yours
email provider for instructions
- Use OTR
(off-record) messages to automatically encrypt sensitive information sent via
IM. Some messaging services have this feature built in or can
added as a plug-in
Secure your Wi-Fi networks .
Restaurant owners are increasingly at risk
It will be more common to offer free Wi-Fi to their customers to their customers
- Give a separate one
Wi-Fi network for customers and designate a private network for business
activities, so customers can not easily withdraw any sensitive information
- Secure both Wi-Fi
network with different passwords and display the customer password on one
easily accessible sign
- Hide your business
private Wi-Fi network name-it will not show up when customers are looking for
connect to a network and tempt them to enter it
Educate employees about data security .
All employees should be informed of yours
cyber security policy, knowing how to detect phishing emails and being aware of
protocol if they notice suspicious activity on accounts.
- Have a policy in place
so employees know what constitutes a threat to cyber security
- Encourage employees to
Report any suspicious activity, no matter how small or insignificant it can
- Remind employees about
the dangers of weak passwords and the risk of online accounts are
compromised. Encourage them to change their password passwords every 4-6 months.
security infographic to share.
As a restaurant owner, you may not think about data
The security should be at the top of your to-do list, but it should be. With
increased use of credit card payments, delivery systems and mobile and online
ordering- where customers give their name, email, credit card info
and physical addresses restaurants are a lucrative target for cyber criminals
makes sure to take advantage of the customer's personal information and payment information.
our data security
blog series for more tips and tactics to protect your business.
Business owners should consider an additional stock
of protection by adding coverage of internet responsibilities to theirs
current insurance plan. Few
Contact with your local community agent today to learn