The holiday season is upon us, and we want to share a few simple things you can (and should!) be doing to protect your business. The holidays are to be filled with joy and happiness rather than worry and stress about your business.
5 simple things you should do to protect your business today!
1. Secure Your Data.
Making sure your data is protected from theft is a never-ending battle and you don’t want to lose. Companies that get hacked and expose sensitive client and employee data can face severe penalties, lawsuits, and massive loss of credibility in the marketplace. Make sure you NEVER have to send an e-mail to your customers explaining that a hacker has gained access to their info through you. Further, if you keep any sensitive information (even passwords to portals containing sensitive information) on portable laptops, phones and other devices, make sure you have a way of controlling and safeguarding that information.
2. Consider Cloud Computing.
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that your data and assets are stored off-site in a highly secure, high availability data center, with failover and redundancy built in. This means that if your building were destroyed and you had to evacuate everything you have worked so hard to create over the years is still safe and not a sitting duck in your unsecured closet or server room.
3. Write A Simple Disaster Recovery Plan.
The key word is “simple.” If your plan gets too complicated or difficult, you won’t do it. But, at a minimum, think of the disaster that is most likely to happen and that would have the most severe and negative impact on your company’s survival.
4. Review Your Employees’ Internet Policy.
With so many people “addicted” to Twitter and Facebook, it is important for your employees to know where the line is in what they can and can’t post online. We also recommend content-filtering software to block or prevent access to content and websites that may be deemed unsafe and that you don’t want employees visiting during work hours.
5. Review Your Business Insurance Carefully
Most businesses carry some sort of general liability insurance that would pay them if their building and the things in it were damaged. However, many businesses simply do not have enough coverage to replace ALL the computer equipment and devices, desks, art, supplies, and other things they have accumulated over the years that are housed in their office. Be sure you review your policy every year and keep in mind new additions and assets you’ve gained during that year.
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