Non-technical IT tasks that you can perform to protect your data
When you think of cybersecurity, you likely think of software solutions and processes that are technical and beyond your control. Indeed, cybersecurity products and processes can be technical and require professional monitoring. However, there are several soft security practices that you can easily implement in your workspace to greatly reduce the risk of security breaches.
Ask a managed service provider for more information on what you, as a business owner, can do to protect your data. In addition to providing advice on non-technical practices, they can also recommend specific security solutions that meet the specific needs of your business.
Safe physical environment
One of the easiest ways to protect the sensitive data of your company and your customers is to secure the physical environment in which you work. Failure to lock your screen when leaving your desk, avoid smartphones in the work area, or ensure that unauthorized personnel are nearby, risks losing confidential data and information, which can lead to theft and litigation.
Keep work area clean
Everything has to have a place in your work environment, especially the sensitive data that you use regularly. Improperly placed security credentials can create security issues that create problems for your company, your customers, and your bottom line. Understand the items in your workspace that have security credentials and save them accordingly. Make this part your soft security protocol and make sure it is taken seriously.
To keep your work area safe, you need to stay vigilant, make security the focus of your daily office life, and not miss any trick. One such trick is known as tailgating or piggybacking. This is the case when an unauthorized person follows an office worker through security doors into secure rooms. Occasionally, workers can even keep a door open for them. Watch out for unfamiliar faces or protocol violations.
Hide your screen
In most offices, employees have confidential information on their screens most of the day. This should be fine if everyone in the office is supposed to be there and everyone is trained in security protocol. Nevertheless, caution is advised. Even trusted employees can from time to time cause security breaches. Invest in a screen protector and make sure your screen doesn't come out in public while you work.
Train employees in best practices
Your security protocol will not be effective if only you and some executives are aware of it. All of your employees need to understand the importance of safety and best practices in order to stay vigilant and avoid violations. Engage your employees with the latest cybersecurity developments and align them with the importance of security. When they understand why security is important to the company, they are more likely to take it seriously. Talk, share tips, and provide regular updates.
Security is very important in your small business, especially in these days when there is so much sensitive data online and in the cloud. It is your responsibility as the manager of your company to effectively secure customer and company data. You can do this by using world-class cybersecurity software and implementing effective strategies and soft tactics in your office to increase resilience.