Digital Dangers: Securing Your Business In The Internet Age

Monday, August 28, 2017

Securing Your Business In The Internet Age

There a lot of things that have changed the face of the business world over the years but few have had a bigger or more permanent impact than the internet. It's hardly a surprise that the internet has caused such a fundamental shift in the way in which many businesses function, there isn't really a single part of life that hasn't been changed in some way by the internet so there's no reason why business should be an exception.

The vast majority of these changes have, of course, been positive. Businesses are now able to grow with much more ease, reaching markets that were never accessible before, connecting with employees no matter where they are, and increasing the efficiency of many businesses tenfold. However, while there are many positive aspects to the internet, there are also some unique risks that come with it. In order to help you avoid these dangers, here are some things that you can do to keep your business secure in the internet age.
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Anti-fraud methods

Fraud has always been an issue for many businesses, but the anonymity of the internet means that it's now easier than ever for opportunistic criminals to take advantage of lax security measures. Because of this, you need to make sure that you're thinking very carefully about how to prevent fraud. Not only that but you should think about friendly fraud as well. Friendly fraud is when the fraud being committed is not against you but against your customer. While it might be tempting to turn the other way when it comes to that kind of thing, customers will feel much more connected to your business if you help to protect them as well as yourself. Companies like Netverify offer fantastic services to protect against fraud. Things like facial recognition might sound like they're straight out of science fiction, but they can be incredibly valuable tools for you and your business.

Digital security

For a very long time, if you wanted to keep your business secure all you needed was a thick chain and a large padlock. However, the internet age, things have become significantly more complicated. If you're not thinking about digital security as well, then you're going to end up leaving your business incredibly vulnerable to attack. You need to make sure that you are not only using antivirus and firewall software but that you're keeping them constantly updated. Cyber criminals work tirelessly to try and break through these kinds of defenses so keeping them up to date is the best way to prevent that from happening.

A workplace culture of safety

In the end, you can have all of the right security methods in place, but if you can't trust your employees to implement them properly, then it's all going to be as good as useless. You need to create a workplace culture that values security and safety in your business as much as it values productivity and efficiency. This isn't always easy to do, but it's a lot less complicated than a lot of people assume. The best way to do it is simply to lead by example. Make sure that your employees always know what their responsibilities are and show them that you're following those same responsibilities as well. Being able to see you practicing what you preach allows your employees to see just how important it is to be safe and secure in everything that they do while at work.

Protected data

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The shift from physical to digital storage has been something of a godsend for many businesses. It's now easier to store information than ever before as well as much more convenient for anyone to access it. However, there's also the issue that your data is a lot more vulnerable than it was before. It's not just a matter of cyber criminals trying to access your data, but keeping such a large amount of data on a dedicated server means that if that server fails, your business could find itself grinding to a complete and total stop. Things like cloud storage are a fantastic option because your data is still just as easy to access, but it's a great deal more safe and secure than keeping it all on a single server.

While many of these methods use techniques that would have been practically unheard of even a decade ago, it's important to remember that they are very much based on the same fundamental ideas as all security measures. The need for constant vigilance, the right equipment, and a commitment to security from all of your employees are far from being new concepts. Make sure that you don't forget those security fundamentals, even when you're trying to defend against some extremely modern threats.

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