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That’s the Plan: 5 Simple Ways to Prevent Disaster Before It Strikes

At a recent conference held by the Minnesota Better Business Bureau, experts from all over the nation gathered to discuss a projected epidemic associated with data theft and growing concerns among both small and big businesses like. According to the FBI, a reported 250% increase in data theft has occurred since 2015 alone. Experts estimate that these changing risks could cost small businesses a whopping $7,000 out-of-pocket after insurance coverage claims when affected.

Though we will never live in a world free of threats, there are many small, effective ways that businesses can take control of their data security and prevent disaster before it strikes…

Don’t Stand Divided. Your Employees are Your First Line of Defense.

Whether from the devices they use to access your network or even work information from home, your employees are your first line of defense against cyber threats. From phishing scams that can quickly infiltrate an employee’s privileged access to malware that can come from the trickiest of places like trusted third-party apps designed to help and not hurt your business, the burden of teaching your employees how to operate wisely and safely online belongs to your company. Employees cannot be expected to instinctively know how to protect your data, but if you invest in teaching them, they will repay you tenfold by doing everything they can to be a part of the solution.

Go Paperless.

Most people are surprised to learn that much of today’s data theft is still happening IRL. Businesses who fear housing too much digitally may hold on to unnecessary paperwork. These items can easily feel secure when you can see them or touch them. However, they can easily fall into the wrong hands, jeopardizing customer information and business intel. If you most keep paper records, always ensure that files are locked away tightly and closed off to public access.

Take a Breather.

Sure. You won’t likely find this tip in Forbes, but media can certainly impact the way that we view the world. From shows like Mr. Robot to even some episodes of Halt and Catch Fire among others, cybersecurity is a hot topic in popular culture because of the weight it holds on everything we do. Though not always entirely accurate, having your finger on the pulse of the topic, can help motivate you to get excited about protecting your assets.

Post Cybersecurity Reminders at Company Hot Spots.

Reminders are a great way to encourage employee participation in your safety procedures. Post large posters and protocols by desks, hub spots and meeting areas. This can keep you from not only repeating yourself, but also keep your employee’s diligent about carefully connecting throughout their day.

Enlist a Little Help.

In today’s digital world, no one can go it alone. Let us help you prepare for disaster by preventing it. However, if you are already in post-apocalyptic mode, we can help with that too. Don’t let data security keep you up at night… that’s our job. You sleep. You work. You go for lunch. You catch that elusive Pokémon species at the water cooler. We’ll stand guard.

Disaster recovery is possible, but the best way to recover from disaster is simply to prevent in the first place. If you take the time to get serious about what matters, you can get back to what matters even more to you… what you do best. When you have time to focus on making great products and providing great services for your clients, your business will continue to grow and when your business continues to grow, you’ll have even more to protect – but don’t worry. You’ll be ready.