Running a business can be hard work. One minute you are treating patients and speaking to potential customers, the next you are dealing with administration and organising files or chasing unpaid invoices, but there are some things that you cannot keep ignoring on your to-do list. One of those things is cybersecurity.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a quick scan of the latest software and spending a little bit of your IT budget on anti-virus software would be enough, but unfortunately, it isn’t.
Cybersecurity is now everyone’s responsibility because we all have to play a part in keeping data safe. More so now than ever before.
Since the introduction of GDPR in Europe there have been many data breaches reported to authorities and hefty fines given out. So, to avoid these potential disasters what can we do and what should we do to keep valuable data safe?
Making sure you have encryption in place when it comes to sharing information and files, emails and messages mean that you can provide confidence to everyone that comes into contact with your business that steps are being taken to protect their data.
Not only does this help your existing customer base but it also encourages new business and shows the wider community that you are to be trusted. Unfortunately, many important documents have been stolen and used maliciously in the past, so it’s important to take preventative action now to avoid this at all costs if possible.
Choosing encrypted file sharing with Central Data Storage will help you avoid any unnecessary worry about your files and all of the sensitive data they may contain, providing the confidence you can share files with business partners or clients without the risk of hijack and misuse.
Not only is this desirable but it’s essential for good business practice in current times.
Depending on where you are in the world there are laws in place to ensure that every employee is responsible for their actions when it comes to managing data, from a dental receptionist to the office manager writing down a name and address on a piece of paper there are many opportunities to get it wrong.
Training your staff to ensure they are well educated on the ins and outs of data security, what a cyberattack or a data breach looks like and how to avoid any dangerous scenarios should also include keeping them up to date with your disaster recovery planning checklist. This includes the part they need to play if or when your disaster recovery plan is actioned.
So, before you even switch on your computer, you must understand data, how to use it, how to share it safely, and also how to manage a team of people using data too.
Whatever you do it is important that you choose a reputable company to help you with protecting the data of your business and your clients. There are many providers out there to choose from so do plenty of research to ensure the provider you choose can really meet your business’ data needs.
Many businesses have been stung in recent years by not taking care of their data security and processes early on in the game.
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