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Network breaches are something that can destroy a business and it's clientele all because you don't have a strong password. The American Express Open Forum reminds us of ways you can protect your business and clients.
A network data breach is a very expensive problem for a small-business owner to manage. When data is lost or compromised, you have to react quickly and notify customers about the breach. To handle the fallout that follows, you may add more legal experts and customer service specialists to your team, while hiring additional IT experts to ensure it doesn’t happen again. All that fallout-control adds up, and that doesn’t even take into account the cost of having your company’s reputation damaged by a network breach.
Here are five ways to protect your business and your bottom line from cyber-security challenges in the year ahead.
1. User Safety
“Users are always the weakest link in any security program,” says Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, an information risk and security performance management firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Small businesses can use free security policy templates that describe the best practices for both internal and remote users, to get started training their employees,” Storms says.
Michael Gregg, CEO of Superior Solutions, a Texas-based firm that provides network security services and cyber-security training, agrees that employee training is a key to protecting a small business from a network breach.
“Provide good training to your employees,” Gregg says. “So many of today’s attacks have a social component such as phishing, SMIshing and malicious websites.”
Gregg says it’s also important that employees only have access to what they need and not have additional administrative powers.