Today, nearly every business is digital to some extent. From emails to CRM systems, technology and the internet have revolutionised business organisation and communications. However with these advancements come certain security risks, and even small startups face the threat of hackers and viruses that can jeopardise their business.
To help you safeguard your database and systems, we’ve got some tips on how to protect your business from online threats, to keep your customers safe and your operations running smoothly.
When your home computer gets a virus, it’s a nuisance. When a virus hits your business computer, it can cause total chaos. Whether yours is an e-commerce business or you simply rely on internet access for emails, quality anti-virus software is an essential investment for businesses of all types and sizes. Your anti-virus protection can be applied to each and every device that you use in the workplace, to keep them secure from online threats both in and out of the office.
However if your operations revolve around the digital world, you may also want to consider remote monitoring and support. Keeping a constant watch for suspicious activity, this provides a step-up from anti-virus software to ensure that nothing slips through unnoticed. An IT support company can take care of this task for you, so that you can have peace of mind that your business is protected by experts who know what to look out for.
Of course, it’s impossible to completely eliminate the threat of online hackers and viruses. Besides, not all of the risks posed to your system and technology come from external factors – accidents do happen in the workplace. If your technology fails or an employee wipes a folder, have you got a system in place to recover any files and data that may be lost in the process? If you don’t already use online backup, it’s time for you to get to grips with cloud computing.
Although there are countless cloud computing options available, choosing a platform dedicated to business will give you access to higher levels of security and additional services to protect your data, such as Business Continuity.
If you’re struggling to find a service suited to your needs, an IT expert can assess your requirements and do the hard work for you, and even take care of the set up. That way, you can easily backup your files online, without wasting precious time on admin.
Take precautions to protect your business online now and save yourself a lot of stress and hassle in the long run, by minimising the risk of viruses and hacking, and backing up your data in case anything does happen. By enlisting IT support to help you find the best platforms and software for your specific business, you can save time on research and be given a cost-effective solution that will keep your business safe.
We hope this information helps you to take the appropriate precautions and measures for your business.n
This article is written by Kelly Gilmour Grassam, a freelance copywriter from Yorkshire. You can follow her on Twitter at @KellygGrassam. This article has been written with helpful information from OptionBox Networks.