Running a successful business requires much patience, diligence and flexibility. Besides managing a wide variety of day-to-day issues like finance, customer service, human resources, it’s also important to keep your business secured in every way. Low security levels can lead to the business’ downfall, loss of clients, as well as loss of valuable information and even bankruptcy. Fortunately, most of these problems can be avoided. Security isn’t an easy task, but you can gradually make it a part of your daily routine. So, below is a basic checklist of things you can do to secure your business.
Protect Your Clients Information
First off, you should start with learning security and safety terms and conditions your government imposes. All suppliers of goods and services should comply with it. However, you may have no time to learn the details of these regulations thoroughly. This is where competent lawyers come into play. In case your business can afford hiring a lawyer – just do it. With a qualified lawyer you’ll find peace of mind and forget about many security-related problems. But in case you run a small business that is just gaining its momentum, and hiring a competent lawyer can break your bank, you’ll have to find time to learn these rules yourself.
Once you know all the terms and conditions, you have to stick them obediently. As a rule, these instructions don’t differ much from state to state, as they’re all aimed at safeguarding your customers’ personal data. Below I describe a few ways to implement some of these regulations:
- Instruct your employees in their role in information security. Your employees must be careful in what they say and do. Try to avoid conflicts of interest.
- Conduct a security check of your entire IT system. Very often, low security levels of the corporate IT system cause leaks of information.
- Encrypt your data. It’s important to keep your information as protected as possible. For instance, in case you offer remote support services, you should ensure the software you use for connecting to your client’s desktop uses a robust encryption method. Otherwise, your and your client’s information can be compromised. This applies to all software programs you use to manage your data. Thus, I recommend using only tried-and-tested, recognized brands, like RemoteUtilities, for instance.
- Make backups. Duplicating your information is a must. Backups will come handy in case of a sudden breakage of the system and data loss. It will take you just a few minutes per day (or it can even be implemented automatically, without your intervention), and you will be sure your information can be retrieved anytime.
Select the Most Appropriate Insurance Coverage
There are many types of insurance policies, so make sure you select the most suitable for your particular business. Here are a few types of insurance policies you may consider for your company: directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, general liability insurance, etc. Again, you may hire a lawyer to get legal advice before signing any insurance contracts.