9 Tips for Protecting Your Data from Cybercriminals

Rarely a day passes without a business succumbing to a cyberattack. Cybercriminals target big corporations and small businesses alike. Every company with sensitive data is vulnerable to hacking, ransomware, and viruses. In this blog, we offer nine tips for keeping your business data safe.

1. Prepare

Your business may never recover from the financial and reputational loss of a data breach. That’s why cybersecurity planning is a must. Educate yourself in cybersecurity best practices and gather professional resources to stay prepared.

2. Educate Your Employees

Your employees are the first line of defense against cyberattacks. Make sure they can identify phishing and malware threats and know how to contain them. Cybersecurity is a team effort!

3. Take Inventory

You can’t protect what you don’t know you have. Take inventory of your data so you know where it’s stored.

4. Back Up Your Data

Ransomware is malicious software that cybercriminals use to hijack corporate data. Data backup is an effective antidote to ransomware. Regularly back up every device in your company so if a cybercriminal steals your data, you can get it back.

5. Store Backup Data Offsite

A media storage and rotation service keeps your backup media out of sight and inaccessible by unauthorized individuals. Your offsite vaulting provider securely transports your media from your business to a media vault where it’s professionally stored and managed.

6. Update Your Systems

Corporate networks and software are under constant attack by cybercriminals. As a result, software and firmware providers routinely issue patches to fix security holes. Ignoring these important updates makes your company more vulnerable to breaches. Regularly update your network, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

7. Use a Password Manager

Weak passwords are easy for cybercriminals to crack in order to steal sensitive data. A password management application issues complex, encrypted passwords for every site you visit. Use a password manager; it’s well worth the investment.

8. Install a VPN

In an era where many employees can work from anywhere with any device, cybercriminals increasingly prey on public WiFi networks. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) protects corporate data with WPA-2 encryption when your employees use a public WiFi network.

9. Shred Outdated Media and Hard Drives

Keeping old hard drives, backup tapes, and electronic devices longer than necessary increases your organization’s data breach exposure. A media and hard drive destruction service renders your outdated data storage devices unreadable.

American Document Securities provides records storage, data protection and document shredding services for businesses in Atlanta and Northeast Georgia.

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My staff and I had the pleasure of participating in an ADS Consulting Shredding & Storage Workshop in April 2011.As a new business, it was critical for us to get off to a good start. The workshop provided us with useful information and practical applications that helped us do that. The ‘hands on’ training experience we received in a successful, working document destruction and storage business environment was invaluable.Renee and her staff were very personable and helpful and continue to be valuable business partners to this day.I highly recommend the ADS Workshop to both new and existing businesses

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