Cybercrime incidents are on the rise, and unfortunately these crimes cost businesses a lot. Many small businesses are unprepared for cyber crimes because they lack the budget and manpower required. However, you should also be careful as nobody knows who hackers will come after. Therefore, every company should be prepared for hackers and protect their data. Below are some privacy practices.
- Do you know your data: Know what you are storing and how sensitive this information is. For example; What kind of customer data do you store? Phone numbers, address information, and credit card information are more sensitive compared to customer email addresses and names. Also, identify what you use this data for and where you store it. If it doesn’t make sense for you to save some of this information, don’t.
- Control access to your data: Restrict access levels. Not everyone in your company should have access to customer data. Only certain people should have the passwords required to access sensitive data. You should have a company policy on restricting access and keeping the names of the employees who can access this data. If one of these employees resigns, you can immediately terminate their access to the system.
- Back up your data: It is very important to keep confidential data safe. You can perform an on-site and off-site backup. You should also encrypt your data when you back it up. Otherwise, anyone can access it if your backup is stolen. Most companies prefer to back up their data outside of business hours and usually at night. It is important that you check your backups regularly to see if your backup system is still working.
- Train your employees: Train your employees on the importance of data security. They deal with data, so they should know how it is protected and what methods of fraud are used. It would be easier for them if you had a security policy outlining the pros and cons. That way, they can be sure of what to do when they encounter a questionable situation.
- Use paper shredders: We can live in a digital world, but we still use papers for documentation. Don’t just tear up papers and throw them in the garbage can, the best way to get rid of papers with sensitive information is to use a paper shredder.
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