Your Business Security Checklist: How Secure Are Your Company’s Computer Systems?

Feb 25, 2021, 1:49 PM
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This article about your business security checklist is sponsored by Les Olson Company. Your Office Technology Partner and Local IT Managed Service Provider. 

Are your company’s computer systems secure?

There is a cybercrime attack every 39 seconds, and 78% of organizations within the U.S. have experienced at least one cyber attack in the last year. Odds are if you haven’t experienced a cyber attack yet, you eventually will.

Then, there is theft at the local level by employees. Natural disasters and accidents can damage equipment. Whether an intentional or accidental act, these events can ruin your business, cost you money, and possibly even put you out of business.

That’s why you need a business security checklist to ensure that your business is safe. Keep reading to learn more.

Keep Your Programs up to Date

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One of the simplest ways to beef up your business security is to ensure that all of your programs are up to date. Make sure that each device is running a modern operating system, especially since older versions may no longer be supported.

Then, make sure all software programs and applications are also up to date.

Use Strong Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication

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Make sure that your employees are using strong passwords that are hard to guess. Make sure they aren’t sharing them with others or reusing passwords across multiple sites or applications. All it takes is for one instance of these passwords to be compromised, then suddenly all programs using that password are susceptible.

Don’t Forget Physical Security

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While digital and online security is important, you shouldn’t neglect physical security. Devices should be secured and protected from fire, lightning, water, and other elements.

There’s also the issue of theft. Consider physically locking down items such as computers, and installing security cameras. Then, advertise your security measures. Thieves will be less likely to steal from you if they think they will be caught.

Create Security Policies and Train Your Employees

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Create computer security policies for your employees. Train them so they understand them. There should be specific guidelines in place for privacy, using the internet, checking email, and other internal and external communications.

For example, one of your employees is locked out of an important account. What should they do next, and who should they contact? If you don’t know, and your employees don’t know, then you are setting yourself up for trouble.

Find a Good IT Company

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Find a dedicated IT services company to help with your security. Choose a local IT company that is familiar with your industry and the products you use. They should also be up-to-date with their industry certifications.

Have them conduct a risk assessment for your company. Then, have them devise a strategy for disaster management regardless of the cause.

You Need a Business Security Checklist

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By now, you realize that you need to have a business security checklist so you can better protect your business against malicious acts. Being proactive is the best way to prevent unwanted incidents.

It’s never too late to get started, and it could save you a lot of trouble.

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Your Business Security Checklist: How Secure Are Your Company’s Computer Systems?