Why All Small Businesses Need a Data Security Policy

Posted on: September 14, 2017

It’s very easy to get into the mindset that your small business doesn’t need a data security policy. Who goes fishing for smaller fish, after all? But unfortunately data would say otherwise—you’re actually just as likely to experience security breaches or data theft as anyone else! At TrueShred we take security very seriously, so today we’d like to discuss what makes data security so important, and what you can do to improve it.

Why Does My Small Business Need to Worry About Data Security?

You might think your smaller business to be less appetizing, but the reality is that data theft and security hackers aren’t looking for one ”big score.” They’re looking to take a small bite out of a lot of businesses of a range of sizes over time. Handling things that way is less risky to them, and more likely to pay off. That means you’re not simple at risk for cyber attacks and paper trail chasers; you’re equally likely to experience any data breach as a large business.

To put it simply, security breaches are dangerous for any business. But they’re far more dangerous for you specifically. A smaller business typically cannot absorb or handle breaches, meaning you’re quite likely to be feeling the effects of a breach for years to come, if you survive it at all.

What Can I Do to Improve Data Security?

Feeling like your small business might not be able to beef up security on a smaller budget? You’d be wrong! Many forms of security are very simple, and in fact most take little more than an investment of time:

  • It starts with employee training. The majority of breaches occur due to simple mishandling, or a lack of data security systems in play. This isn’t to say they’re malicious on the employee’s part, but that a lack of appropriate systems or knowledge can contribute to the problem greatly. Start with routine employee training, focusing on teaching employees how to handle information, passwords, and how to dispose of documents effectively.
  • Conduct routine risk assessment. Risk assessment systems are low-cost, often free in fact, and can have a huge impact on how your business handles and administers security. By identifying weaknesses you can eliminate them, thus making yourself no longer the “easy to pick off” prey.
  • Get away from public Wi-Fi. It seems like an easy pick and can be a cost saver, but honestly speaking public Wi-Fi means easy public access—even if you use passwords, which are important but flimsy when that’s all that is standing in the way of a cyber attack.
  • Utilize clean desk policies.  As a smaller business you likely hustle and bustle like no other, but that can often leave desk spaces vulnerable to theft and easy picking. Clean desk policies are simple, easy to enforce, and mitigate risks by ensuring all papers or clutter that might give an attacker the advantage is out of sight and out of the way.
  • It ends with secure document shredding. When you’re done with papers or electronic media do you simply shuffle it all into a bin? This is unwise and very unsafe. Just because it’s out of your mind doesn’t mean it’s out of anyone else’s, and thieves depend on that logic. Secure shredding services from a compliant service team are safe, effective, and can even help you improve productivity in your small business.

Want to feel safer and more secure in your small business? The service team at TrueShred can help! Contact us online now to learn what our team can do for you.

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