Data is a top priority for all businesses, regardless of size or scope. The data you have is a valuable asset and, thus, a powerful tool that can be used to help you scale your company’s growth. Because data is so valuable, it is vulnerable to attacks at any time. As a small business owner, you must protect your company’s data from breaches that could cause harm to it and your customers. 


Let’s look at five tips for keeping your small business data secure and your company free from harmful breaches. 


1-Construct A Cybersecurity Plan 

Data security begins with a comprehensive cybersecurity plan to keep your small business data safe and protect sensitive information. If you have a current cybersecurity plan, review it to ensure it contains the following elements and is up-to-date with the latest information. The cybersecurity plan should include policies and procedures that identify data risks, list current controls in place, and provide guidelines on how employees should handle critical data. Also, outline an action plan for your team to take if an incident occurs, and train your employees on this process so everyone is aware of the steps they should take. 


2-Evaluate Security Controls by Conducting Penetration Testing

Penetration testing evaluates security controls by imitating real-world attacks on your system. The text includes tools that mimic the most common techniques used to attack data. This testing helps determine if your cybersecurity plan and procedures thwart hackers and keep your data safe. Penetration testing also gives you an idea of how quickly such breaches in data may be detected if they happen. 


3- Ensure Sensitive Data Is Protected

Hackers target sensitive data and use it to commit financial crimes and identity theft. One of the most significant risks to sensitive data is employee mishandling. Make sure your team follows your cybersecurity plan and procedures when handling data. Also, update applications when security updates are available to ensure you have the most current software. Train your employees to identify and understand phishing schemes and security threats and alert you if they notice anything that seems to be an issue. 


4- Carefully Use File Sharing

File sharing is essential for small businesses that need to share photos, documents, and other files. However, any time information is shared, it is also vulnerable to attack. If you have a reliable online storage system, like a cloud-based system, data will always stay on the server side, which is more secure. Cloud storage services encrypt data which adds another layer of security.


5- Use A Managed Security Service Provider

Managed security service providers handle all aspects of cybersecurity for your small business or organization. These services typically include setting up firewalls, protecting against malware and hacking attacks, and encrypting data transmitted over the internet. In addition, these services can provide training and support for employees on cyber safety and best practices and provide swift action if a data breach occurs. 


Stay Safe From Data Breaches And Protect Your Business

By following these small business security tips, you can take control of your company’s sensitive data and keep breaches at bay. 


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