With an increased eye on data driven business models in recent years, not even small San Diego businesses can get away with cyber security issues like data breaches or hacking. There are lots of ways to make sure that your San Diego business takes cyber security seriously, and here are a few recommendations for some simple things you can either do yourself, or work with a local IT company like Fortress Computer to do for you.
Working on old computers often leaves you vulnerable to potential data breaches because up-to-date hardware is usually equipped to prevent all of the most common types of security breach that networks see. Obviously it might be expensive to have to update your hardware every year, and we’re not suggesting that, but we do recommend that you at least replace your hardware once every few years.
This is a simple hack, but we’re always surprised when business owners don’t realize that making a secure WiFi network is a major step in having good cyber security. Password protect your networks so that you can control who is able to join, and make sure that the network is both encrypted and hidden for added security.
Working with banks to establish best practices on payment cards will assure that your risks in losing customer data are relatively low. Banks will be able to offer tips and services for how to handle payments as securely as possible, and will offer reassurance that you’re up to date on what the best practices currently are at any given time.
Letting customers pay online? Make sure that their accounts are secure by implementing multi-factor authentication. Make them set up an account with a password, as well as a second form of authentication like a security question or a confirmation code through their mobile phone if you’ll be storing personal data like their home address, email, credit card information or social security numbers.
It’s important that no one employee has complete access to everything in your business. Make sure that several employees have only the information they need to get their jobs done, as it will assure that you know who to turn to for help if anything were to go wrong. If too many people have access to the same information, it could create problems later on if you have to change passwords or experience a data breach.