As the owner of a small business, you know the benefits of cloud-based storage. Instead of investing the capital of buying your own equipment, you rent space on a third-party server. This partnership gives you the support you need without the hassle of on-site setup and maintenance. However, you are not just renting a service. You are entrusting your company’s data to someone who has little to no liability for its loss. So, ask yourself: how equipped is my cloud service provider when it comes to cyber security? According to a report compiled by the online security firm McAfee, cyber crime costs the global economy about $400 billion per year. Thankfully, there are precautions you can take to help keep your company’s sensitive information out of the hands of hackers and cyber criminals, which aside from allowing you to sleep better at night can keep you from experiencing financial loss and damage to your company’s reputation.
Follow these 4 tips to keep your small business’s data safe and secure:
As the first line of defense against cyber threats, the passwords that you and your employees use are an extremely important part of your business’s defense system. As a general rule, passwords should be at least eight characters long and should not contain complete words or anything that references the company or an individual within the company. Likewise, your passwords should randomly make use of numbers and symbols. At the very least, you should encourage your employees to change their passwords every six months. Doing so will deter against repeat information leaks.
All sensitive company information should be encrypted before being uploaded to the cloud. Because cloud storage uses the internet to send and retrieve data, files are more vulnerable during the uploading and downloading processes. Encrypted data may be stolen, but it will be more difficult for hackers to access. To learn more about encryption, contact nQuery Solutions.
Giving your employees guidance in security matters can keep your data out of the wrong hands. In addition to guidelines for passwords and encryption, you should give your team a step-by-step process in the event that data is lost or stolen. Notifying the right people of security breaches can minimize damage and prevent future attacks.Often, data breaches occur at points of weakness in the company’s security. Knowing where you are vulnerable lets you build stronger defenses where they are most needed.Allow your company to learn from its mistakes.
Ask a Professional
You don’t have a lot of free time on your hands to spend looking for weak spots in your online security. You have a business to run. That’s why it’s important to have someone who is ready to help you. As the Miami area’s leading telecom solutions company, nQuery Solutions is best equipped to integrate your Miami-based business with today’s technology. The independent telecom agents at nQuery can guide you through the process of keeping your information safe and sound in the cloud.
As the founder of nQuery Telecom Solutions, Emilio Diaz uses his 20+ years of experience in the telecom business to help build cost-effective telecom solutions for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government institutions. His experience as an innovative technology entrepreneur and a long-term business owner gives him intuitive insight to help boost productivity and maximize future growth.
You can reach Emilio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-760-8491.