You may have considered how safe your business is in terms of having the right CCTV equipment, but did you know that your business could be at risk of online theft of data?
If you’re a business owner, then you’ll know only too well how much of an impact this can have on your business. To help protect your business from both physical and digital theft of your computer assets, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you lower your risk.
Why Do You Need To Protect Your Computers Systems?
If you’re wondering why it is so important to protect your computers and systems, then listen up. The reason you’ll find business owners and consultants harping on about protecting your computer systems is not just because they’ve spent too long talking to IT. There are two reasons as to why it’s imperative to protect your computers.
Firstly, they’re expensive. Computers cost hundreds of pounds each, so having to replace one (let alone multiple!) devices can really take its toll on a business.
Secondly, the computers you have will likely hold private information about customers and clients. Due to GDPR and ICO regulations, you could face huge fines if you’re caught breaching GDPR guidelines. For example, Google was fined a whopping £50m thanks to breaching GDPR regulations, so it’s something to be taken seriously.
How To Protect Your Business Equipment?
One of the best ways to physically protect your computer is to improve your office security. Having spent thousands being on computer equipment, you’ll need to make sure this is protected and kept secure. One way to do this is to install CCTV in your office and install key safes to safely store keys while you are away from the property.
Another way to protect your business is by using visible deterrents such as tracking stickers. By using these, you’ll make any thief aware that the device is tracked. In turn, this can deter them from stealing it.
Shut Down Computers
Get all staff to shut down their PC while away from their desk. This way no one can access information on their device while they are away.
Install Antivirus Software
With 39% of businesses reporting cyber breaches in the last 12 months, it’s never been more important to install antivirus software. As antivirus software stops hackers in their tracks, it’s a great way to protect your business.
Train Employees To Spot Phishing
Phishing emails are usually obvious. However, they are getting more and more sophisticated. All it takes is for one person to fall for a scam and your system could be compromised. To counteract this, ensure to conduct thorough training on how to spot these types of emails.
If you’re serious about security, why not hire computer security experts to join your IT team? That way they can keep your businesses computer systems working and hacker and virus-free. Although you may not be a tech-whiz, it’s important to protect your business from theft. By ensuring your equipment is locked, inaccessible to non-employees and resistant to viruses, you’ll be well on your way to minimise the risk of theft in your business.