As a businessperson, you collect and store sensitive information about your employees and clients. Although you might think that only large corporations are the victims of cyberattacks, 60percent of data breaches are affecting small businesses1.

A single breach can result in millions of dollars in fines and legal settlements and could sever your customers’ loyalty. It can also threaten the reputation of your business, and even put you out of business.

There isn’t a one-size-fits all solution to security of data however there are fundamental things that any business can do to minimize risks and safeguard itself from threats like malware or phishing attacks, as well as data loss. By investing in strong passwords, locking up important paperwork, and providing security training for your employees will make it harder for hackers to gain access to your data.

Include regular risk assessments This will help you identify weaknesses and prioritize your security efforts. Develop an Comprehensive Security Policy. Create clear guidelines for access, data handling and what to do in the event of is a breach. Secure sensitive data and make it inaccessible to unauthorised users at both time of transport and rest. Destroy Unused Information: Consider policies that instruct staff on how to sanitize or overwrite sensitive information (like degaussing or digital shredding) to ensure that it is not used by those who aren’t supposed to.

By following these steps and guidelines, you can lay an excellent foundation for an efficient and secure infrastructure that will ensure your business continuity before, during, and after the event of a cyberattack. Contact us for a no-cost consultation with our IT and Cybersecurity specialist to learn more about putting together the perfect plan for your specific business needs.