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3 Ways to Enhance Security Without Breaking the Bank

One of the biggest issues facing the world of technology is data security. Over the past six months, news of hackers infiltrating computer systems keeps hitting the front page.

The way the media frames it, it seems as though there are a handful of super geniuses running rampant, holding computers hostage.

Data breaches are increasing at an alarming rate, leaving many small businesses susceptible to cyberattacks. Even large corporations such as Sony, Wendy’s Co. and, most recently, Equifax have fallen victim to massive data breaches.

If these giants can fall to the hands of hackers, what chance does your small business have?

You’re probably thinking, there’s no way I’ll be able to finance the latest security software, let alone keep up with the constantly evolving world of cybersecurity.

There’s no need to fear, though. It doesn’t take high tech software to keep your business safe. If you follow these simple guidelines, you can improve your cybersecurity measures without breaking the bank.

Real Time Back-Ups

For starters, remember this rule of thumb, “Two is one and one is none.” Backing up your files once is not enough to keep you in the clear. If you do it twice, however, you are in a much better position to keep your data safe. Keeping your files backed up at all times ensures that even if your data is compromised or your computers are taken over, the hackers have no leverage because all of your files are secured away.

The most cost-effective way to do this is to back up your data both internally and to the cloud. Unfortunately, there is a lot of speculation that the cloud isn’t safe. Many think it’s too new or hard to understand. Depending on the security measures you’ve already taken, though, a cloud storage provider might just have better protocols in place, simply because of the services they offer.

Patch it all Up

It is one thing to back up your files, but it won’t matter if your software isn’t up-to-date. One of the easiest ways for hackers to infiltrate your system is through out of date software. So, don’t be the weak link in your cybersecurity simply because you ignored the notification to update your software.

Most of the time the updates are completely free and are created to fix bugs and patch gaps within your current software. These updates may seem frequent and can be a bit annoying, but take the extra time to keep your applications current.

Educate and Enforce

The final way to cheaply reinforce your cybersecurity efforts is by minimizing human error wherever possible. All it takes is one employee to click on the wrong link, make a weak password or not update their software to leave your business vulnerable to a cyberattack. Teach your employees about the risks and equip them with the knowledge to handle your data safely.

For example, when hiring someone new, have them go through cybersecurity training to ensure they understand the safest way to conduct their day-to-day tasks. Furthermore, at the beginning of each quarter, have employees change their passwords to keep encryption practices fresh. The more aware your employees are of cyber threats, the most likely your business will not fall victim to attack.

Cybersecurity doesn’t have to cripple your budget. If you employ these practices within your business, you are able to stay current, keep your data safe and minimize the threat of human error.

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