Mon 1 Oct 2007
Every small business owner must secure not only their physical location, but also their data. In today's world, if your data isn't secure, you could be putting the future of your business at risk.
1. Build up Your Business' Security
Build up, put into practice, and from time to time make it a point to reorganize your business's security practices. See to it that all of your employees sign a contract binding them to the policies your company has adopted and intends to enforce. Employees should also be aware of the consequences for security breaches with respect to company information. A copy of the signed contract should be maintained in their personnel file.
In the event that you do not have any kind of precautionary/safety strategies, you should take steps to implement them. As an alternative, you could hire a security consultant. A security consultant is a professional that is trained to help businesses develop security policies or improve existing ones.
2. Make Appropriate Arrangements for Urgent Situations
You must make appropriate arrangements for urgent situations and keep those plans in multiple places, such as at home and office. These plans should state the steps that you are supposed to take and the people you have to inform in the event of an urgent situation.
Examples of urgent situations could be weather-related emergencies such as tornados, hurricanes, and fire. They could also be of a malicious nature, such as burglary or hacking of your company's databases.
3. Protect Printed Information
You should use a personal shredder to destroy documents that you want to dispose of. For large quantities of documents, you can hire a company that will do the shredding for you. This is a simple way to dispose of documents you no longer wish to use without compromising the security of your business.
4. Keep Everything Protected
Data must be maintained with regularity. Passwords are necessary to protect information; change them systematically. Keep passwords safe. If they are written down, never leave them in an unsecure location.
Keeping your business secure should be one of your top priorities.