3 Steps Business Owners Can Take to Keep Their Data Secure

In October 2020, the world witnessed the harsh shock of reality when 18.4 million records were leaked as a result of 117 publicly announced cyber-attacks and data breaches. The major publicity for this attack has led to customers opening their eyes to the truth: they have to be careful where they type in their details online.

In order to keep selling digitally, business owners need to adapt and make use of current technology to protect their customers. These efforts provide credibility and build trust – making it clear that you care about your stakeholders. By protecting them, you also protect yourself in the long run.

Data protection is essential for every size of business, no matter where you operate from. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the UK on 25th May 2018 – holding business owners legally responsible for taking precautionary actions to keep confidential and private data safe. 

We’ve put together three easy steps business owners can follow to keep their stored data secure – from a company that has 15 years of industry experience to one that shouldn’t risk being caught with their trousers down and the bathroom door wide open. 

Step 1: Put encryption software into place

A lot of business owners are put off from using encrypted data, due to not really understanding what it entails. We’re here to tell you: encryption is an easier solution to protecting data than a lot of you are led to think. It’s cheap to implement and increases the integrity of your company tenfold.

Encryption turns information into secret code, meaning you can live your childhood spy-force dreams – with hackers as the ultimate enemy.

We suggest investing in encryption software that automatically processes the data received through various channels (such as your website) and locks it behind walls of protection. Some effective examples of accessible encryption software include Folder Lock, AxCrypt, and CryptoExpert. 

Step 2: Use good practices such as using antivirus 

Antivirus software is a “crucial part of protecting our digital security, and, ultimately, defending ourselves against hackers.”

Every day, there are 300 million hacking attempts, putting millions of computer users at risk. Something as simple as using good practices like the ones below can make malicious malware attacks harder to implement:

  • Data protection training courses ✅
  • Data usage policies  ✅
  • Access control for sensitive data ✅
  • Encryption ✅
  • Using antivirus ✅

Step 3: Using a professional IT Provider (like us) 

Companies like Keytech who have been in the IT industry for years have seen the consequences of data loss and know how important it is for procedures to be put into place to stop it. We own encrypted servers designed to store data offsite in secure locations and protect all our clients in this way. We take the hassle out of data protection through antivirus provision to all our IT support purchasers, provide remote access monitoring, and can help you implement procedures to further protect your workplace from harm. 

To see how we can help your business, get in touch or call 0113 5315400 to book a Discovery Call.

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