Few businesses are completely impervious to change, which is why many sectors have been integrating more computer systems into their daily operations. However, with those adjustments also comes the risk of cyber attacks, something that companies of all sizes must prepare for.
"Small businesses generally have fewer resources available to monitor and combat cyber threats, making them easy targets for expert criminals," Chris Collins, chairman of the House's Subcommittee on Health and Technology, told Entrepreneur. "In addition, many of these firms have a false sense of security and believe they are immune from a possible cyber-attack."
The news source explained that there were a few key things for businesses to keep in mind to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for a digital data breach.
First, it is important to have a written security policy for employees. Workers at all levels must understand how critical it is to keep information safe and away from cyber criminals. Up-to-date guidelines are necessary, especially as technology continues to evolve. As bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trends become more common, employees must understand what information is allowed to be brought home with them, and what needs to stay in the office.
Stronger passwords and encrypted data are also a necessity. Employees - and business owners themselves - should have passwords that are at least 12 characters long and contain upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and special characters.
Data encryption software comes standard on many operating systems, and it is a good idea for company heads to guarantee that their chosen computer systems are working properly.
When these simple steps are paired with a well-rounded high tech insurance policy, businesses have a better chance of avoiding a data breach. And, if cyber criminals do break through, the recovery process will be quicker and easier with the established business insurance in place.