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Top 10 Business IT Security Tips

Small business owners have no special team members for managing IT security related issues. When it comes to security solutions, they don’€™t know where to start from. SME owners rarely follow strict counter attack policies and thus lose so much due to a cyber-attack.

It will be a prudent decision to protect your sensitive data from hackers. So, devote your time to know how to develop your knowledge about protecting your data. Given below are 10 tips to help SME owners looking to deploy services for IT security in places such as Singapore.

1. Segregate Sensitive Data

Every organization has confidential data that includes annual financial reports, employee records, consumer credit card details and e-mails. Make sure that this information is stored in an isolated hard disk or at remote servers with firewall protection. Only users having authorized credentials should have access to this information. Adequate protection must exist at different levels of storage, whether it’s on computer, laptop or at server.

2. Keep A Vigil Eye

Distributing credentials to your employees doesn’t put a full stop on your security program. You must keep an eye over your team members and even on the IT administrator. A blanket access to all data means it is highly vulnerable as a disgruntled employee can make your data corrupt. Limiting access helps to prevent unintended disclosure of sensitive data which otherwise can be compromised.

3. Watch BYOD Trend

SME owners can’t adopt the CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) policy due to limited budgets. While BYOD (Bring-your-own-device) trend is highly successful for keeping the company expenses in check, it is highly vulnerable to security threats. So even if you’re riding on the BYOD trend, you must take care of handling mobile data using secure applications only.

4. Think Cloud

Consider Cloud as part of your data storage and backup services is a good way to secure your data. Small business owners who used to store backups offsite can limit the chances of malware attacks by storing their data in a Cloud. Also, it provides data security in the event of disasters such as flood, fire, earthquake etc.

5. Encrypt Your Data

Use encryption services to keep your onsite data safe.

6. Get The Right IT Service Provider

Hiring a dedicated IT Security Services company means managing all your data security issues with ease. But don’t forget to conduct background checks before you sign an agreement with a third party security provider.

7. Restrict Some Websites

Apply filters for your web searches and only allow access for safe websites such as websites starting with https URL. Also limit your downloads as they may contain spyware programs.

8. Use Paper Sometimes

To share your business secrets you can use paper, which is easily decomposable. Sharing sensitive information in digital world may put your reputation at stake.

9. More Security in Access Points

Your Wi-Fi capable network devices must be configured using WPA2 security standard

10. Update Passwords

It would be good to change all passwords every 15 days or a month. It reduces the risk of data loss, malware attack or any other security compromise.

Written By

Ng Wei Khang, CEO at a Singapore based IT consultancy company, APIXEL IT Services, has been operational for over 8 years from now. Apixel provides fixed price IT Support Services with unlimited packages that includes small business server setup, Cloud Solution Configuration, Network management and Data security & Theft prevention. The company also provides expert IT consultancy to SMEs in Singapore.

1 Comment

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  1. pininti

    June 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    You shared very simple and essential tips.
    Thanks for sharing such cute tips.
    Specially Updating passwords and Restricting some websites are more important.

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