Regardless of the type or size of your business, it is fair to say it has business data that it needs to protect.

All data or information that relates to an identifiable individual that your business stores and handles need to be properly protected. This includes financial information, payments, staff details, supplier and customer information and is protected in the UK by GDPR-UK.

So what needs to be protected?

You need to ensure that any data you store is protected to prevent unauthorised access and the data being misused by third parties for fraud like phishing scams and identity theft.

Common data that your business might store includes:

  • Name
  • Addresses
  • Emails
  • Contact telephone numbers

This data contains sensitive information that could relate to your staff, suppliers, partners and or customers.

Protecting all this vital information, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, requires businesses to adhere to specific principles.

What else can you do to help protect your business Data?

Here are 4 very simple things you can start implementing today with minimal costs to your business.

Establish a reliable Cloud Based Backup

Having a solid, reliable and professional backup solution is without a doubt the most important thing you need to implement to help protect your important business data.

Not all backups are the same, so don’t skrimp on this vital service. Make sure you use a reliable UK based solution provider to help protect your business data. Make sure all PCs and laptops are protected and backing up.

Avoid using USB memory sticks, these can be lost and damanaged for to easily.

Want to talks about how we can help you implement a professional cloud based backup solution – just drop us a message, we would love to talk to you.

Ensure all your PCs and Laptops are running the latest official updates.

Keeping all your PCs and laptops running smoothly and with all the latest updates is vital to help ensure you prevent unauthorised access to your data.  

Windows Updates is a vital service that will help ensure your systems run smoothly without the fear of known vulnerabilities and unexpected downtime.

Ensure all systems are protected by a trusted Internet Security Suite

Having a reliable and professional internet security suite installed on all systems is vital to ensure the safety of your data but  just having this installed is not enough, you need to setup regular maintenance checks, updates and scans.

With so many options available sometimes it can be confusing on what to use, here at SOHO IT Solutions we only recommend using ESET products. Not sure what’s best for you, just get in touch and we can advise what’s best for you and your business!

Encrypt all your data

The final thing you really should do is ensure all your drives are encrypted. Let’s face it if someone breaks in and steals the computers, they have all your data.

But when you implement a business-wide encryption policy, you know that in the event of a break-in the data is still protected and you have the option to securely wipe the stolen drives.

Is you business doing all it can to protect your data?

by Jayson Gurney time to read: 3 min