Business Data

3 ways your business’s data is not as private as you think

Businesses of all sizes are vulnerable to risks and losses. Competitors can come up with new innovations that change the way the market views your products. Employees can leave and take with them a wealth of expertise.

Some risks are just too risky. Such as launching a product without doing any market research. Or by failing to set up a secure, cloud-based backup of your company’s servers, emails and documents.

Most businesses don’t realise that a password-protected company laptop is not satisfactory to secure your information. Even with in-house IT experts, many companies operate for years with little more than a simple password and anti-virus setup.

Take a moment to think what would happen to your business if all your servers, files, documents and emails were posted publicly. By not protecting your data using the most secure methods, this could be a real possibility.

You might ask whether people really want access to your company’s data anyway? The simple answer is yes. Customer data and commercially sensitive information is extremely valuable to hackers and can be very profitable for them.

So, how do unsolicited people get access to your data? There’s 3 ways:

1. Public Wifi

If you or any of your employees use public, unsecured Wifi networks, then you are potentially at risk of your data being accessed. If you ever connect your phone to a hotel or café network, it’s impossible to guarantee your emails and documents are not available to be accessed by other people using that same network. If you don’t have control over the security of a particular internet access point, it’s best to steer clear. Especially if you have sensitive data stored on that device.

2. Hackers

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people are tempted to take shortcuts. It’s not always competitors who are looking to gain access to your customers and transaction data. International syndicates have success with hacking plans for new products, replicating them and taking them to market at a cheaper price. To avoid hackers, you need to take precautions to ensure you have a secure firewall in place. In the case that you were to lose any data it’s also a good idea to invest in an encrypted cloud-based archive and backup service.

3. Government agencies

Some government departments, both at home and abroad may also wish to gain access to your data. Whether they are looking at your intellectual property, strategic plans or financial results; there is incentive and motive for some of these departments to try to force access.

The main purpose of this post is not to scare you. For most companies, a high-quality anti-virus and firewall protection is a good start However, they can’t keep up with the sheer volume of virus attacks happening.

The reality is, be prepared to be hacked. No anti-virus is ever going to be fool proof. If you can’t refer to the old-school pen and paper method then it’s better to be safe than sorry and have a good backup that can be restored within seconds of an attack occurring.

SOS Online Backup has an affordable business plan, starting at $29.99 per month. So no matter what happens to your data, at least you will still have access to your most valuable files and can pick up where you left off without starting from scratch.