IT business owners make the mistake of thinking they aren’t large enough to be attractive to potential hackers. The truth is, it doesn’t matter whether your business is large or small. If you don’t have the proper security measures in place, a breach or hacker incident is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.
Bouncing back from a data breach or malware attack can cost thousands of dollars and set your team back hundreds of hours. When you take into account what it would cost to recover, the costs of putting the right measures in place pale by comparison. Here are some ways to protect your IT business from hackers:
Maintain a Strong Firewall
Too many businesses think that if their computers have a firewall built in, they’re safe. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Firewalls need to be continuously tweaked and updated to factor for system upgrades, new threats, and changes in your company. If you’re unfamiliar with the best firewalls available or unsure of how to keep them up to date, it’s best to consult with an IT security professional.
Conduct Regular Scans of Your Network
The old adage “You don’t know what you don’t know” certainly applies to network security. You could have weaknesses in your system that you’re completely unaware of until a hacker finds them and a breach occurs. By doing regular penetration tests, you can identify red flags before they become security emergencies.
Limit Remote Access
Do you have techs that aren’t in the home office often? Do you allow them to access your data and systems from their homes, coffee shops, or wherever they may be working? If so, you could be compromising your company’s security. Try to limit remote access or have a policy about when and where remote access is allowed. You may need to put extra security in place if remote access is necessary for your business to operate.
Ensure All Credit Card Data and Private Information is Encrypted
Hackers are ingenious when it comes to stealing private information. If you’re sending data such as credit cards information, private health information, or even just data on your clients’ businesses, you need to make sure that it’s encrypted. This extra level of security will deter hackers who will go on to steal information from other sources that are more accessible.
Perform Regular Off-Site Backups
One of the most devastating things about a breach for many businesses is the loss of data. Make sure you perform regular off-site backups so that data is still accessible to your team even if your system is compromised. Keep copies of your key customer and business data, as well as any information on products, services, or other vital information that your company needs handy. Even if the data is stolen, it’s easier to recover from an incident if you have copies elsewhere.
Segment Your Network
When you segment your network, you can limit damage that’s done should an incident happen. Instead of only needing to breach one level of security, hackers have to access each one individually, lessening the chances that all of your systems will be compromised.
Your IT business needs to remain secure not only for your best interests, but also for all of the clients you serve on a daily basis. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that hackers are only going after large, multi-million dollar companies. Because many smaller businesses don’t put the necessary security measures in place, hackers are targeting them more and more to steal information, plant viruses, and wreak havoc