Protecting Your Business as You Expand

As your business continues to expand, one of the major factors that you need to consider is data breaches. A data breach is defined as exactly that—a situation where confidential information about your businesses, your employees, your customers, or yourself has made it out onto the Internet for all to see. Taking a proactive approach to prevent these types of situations will help make sure that you don’t fall victim to the same types of threats that many businesses face on a daily basis.

Former Employees

As your business continues to expand, you will naturally begin to experience a much higher level of employee turnover with time. This is only natural, but it does also represent a very serious security concern. Remember that just because a former employee no longer has a key to your office door, doesn’t mean that they’ve just forgotten the passwords and security credentials that they used to use on a daily basis.

When an employee leaves, you can’t just give their passwords and accounts to someone else. You need to completely revoke their security credentials, change all passwords, and monitor any systems that they did have access to for intrusion attempts. Doing so will not only make sure that these former employees no longer have access to confidential information, but it will also guarantee that a former worker with an ax to grind doesn’t have access to the tools he or she needs to do your business harm.

Outdated Software

As your business naturally expands, you will likely purchase additional equipment that your employees need to use on a daily basis. The amount of technology you use, as well as licenses for critical software, will quickly balloon in size. Unfortunately, this could also open up your business to certain vulnerabilities by way of outdated software that you don’t have the resources to properly maintain.

When a computer program is updated, the reason is often to add new and valuable features. Most of the time, however, it is to patch security holes that were discovered by developers or users. If your Web browser, e-mail client, communications software, media player, or other type of program falls out of date, you could be leaving your business exposed.

One solution that you may choose to remedy this issue involves moving towards a SaaS (Software as a Service) model for all of your important programs. With SaaS, you don’t actually install any of the programs you use—instead, you and your employees can access them from the Internet. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to worry about outdated programs as you’ll always be using the latest update available.

Security as a Service

Partnering with a Security as a Service (also called SecaaS) provider is also a great way to protect your business as it expands. These companies will provide real-time monitoring and intrusion detection capabilities for your network, which they will monitor off-site. This also has the added benefit of freeing up your valuable IT resources to be used on other tasks.

 

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