Research shows 80% of all businesses in the United States have been successfully hacked before. The risks of hacking include making confidential information public, changing data within a system, or stealing information.
All these threats can compromise the relationship between your customers and your business.
Network security is no joke. Read on for our 5 tips on having a secure business and protecting yourself from a hack which could ruin your business.
1. A Secure Business Educates Their Employees
Human error is one of the most common causes of a security breach. One of the best things you can do to promote security within your company is to educate your employees.
Teach them things like:
- Creating secure and complicated passwords
- How to detect unsafe emails
- Websites they should never visit from a work computer
- With whom they can share information
It’s important to educate your employees on why you seek security. It’s to promote trust between your customers and your business. Security and trust will only help your company grow.
2. Protect Your Wifi
Many hackers are able to access passwords and other confidential information by gaining access to your wifi. So a key in business network security is ensuring you have a secure wifi network with a complicated password. Some experts even recommend changing the wifi password on a regular basis to increase security even more.
Here are some tips for a strong password:
- Use a 12 character password (the longer it is, the harder to crack)
- Always avoid using names, birthdates, phone numbers, or addresses
- Use a combination of lowercase and capital letters
- Insert punctuation or replace letters with numbers
The stronger your passwords, the harder it will be for hackers to gain access to your wifi network and other assets.
3. Make Sure You’re FFIEC Compliant
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) is a government program which sets the standards for financial security. If you’re a business who handles people’s money, you need to make sure you’re FFIEC compliant.
This can be a complicated and confusing process, so it’s often better to use a professional FFIEC security service.
4. Two Step Verification
Whenever possible opt for two-step verification to any accounts, storage, etc.
Two-step verification can include double passwords, security questions, verification from another device, etc. This added level of security may seem like a temporary inconvenience but it provides a big increase in protection.
5. Physical Security
Besides network security, it’s important to make sure physical records, data, and people are protected.
Install cameras throughout office spaces that have the ability to record. Use advance locking systems for door access.
If you have any brick and mortar locations or an office space make sure you have the necessary insurance to protect you in case of physical damage to your space.
Did this post highlight some gaps in your business security? Then choose an area needing improvement and start today!
A secure business is the result of hard work and consistency!