Eight data security tips for small businesses

According to Government Security Breaches Survey, 74% of small organisations reported a data security breach in 2015, which is an alarming statistic. So, what can you do to avoid becoming the next victim?

TSM released an infographic highlighting eight data security tips for small businesses:

  1. Designate computer access levels

Computer access levels allow you to keep track of not only what each employee can access, but also limit the chances of any unauthorised changes being made.

  1. Enable two-factor authentication

This is an additional layer of security that goes beyond the traditional username and password.

  1. Secure wireless network connection

You should encrypt your wireless connection, have a password in place, and disable the SSID broadcasting function.

  1. Use SSL for transmitting sensitive financial data

This should prevent hackers from eavesdropping. SSL also makes it harder for phishers to spoof your website.

  1. Use trustworthy cloud solutions

Cloud hosting providers often have the necessary expertise to help keep your data secure.

  1. Encrypt sensitive backup data

Encryption is especially important if you are using cloud solutions to backup your data.

  1. Train your staff

Did you know that your employees are your biggest data security risk? Educating your staff on the importance of data security is a huge step in the right direction.

  1. Stay up-to-date against cyber-attacks

It is of critical importance to have the latest antivirus software at all times. There are numerous packages designed with small businesses in mind, so you should take advantage of these offers.