Taking Online Security for Your Business Seriously

April 19, 2017

Taking Online Security for Your Business Seriously | AIA

Many entrepreneurs today set up businesses with many setting up a website and going exclusively online.

Once complete, it’s easy to think that everything is ready to go, but many don’t consider the online security of their business and clients.

Let’s examine some aspects related to the online security of your business.

Why Online Security Matters

With more businesses shutting their doors and heading exclusively online, web security has become far more important than ever before.

Online security includes blocking access from unknown sources to valuable site data and private information often stored in the database of a website.

And with the alarming rate of data attacks on the Internet, it’s imperative that you implement online security measures to protect your business and your customers from having sensitive data and information compromised.

Privacy Invasion Software

Privacy Invasion Software (PIS) is a computer program that steals users’ privacy without their consent.

The most common type of Privacy Invasion Software is done via adware and content hijacking.

Nowadays, Privacy Invasion Software is being used by many hackers to steal information of users online, creating significant problems for users and business owners alike.

To avoid the problems of Privacy Invasion Software, business owners should always download applications and other software from the original owner’s site.

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In some cases, it’s advisable to not go for free versions of look-alike software as they can be secretly hiding malicious software aimed at compromising your systems.

“If you factor in the cost of a security breach (reputation, remediation, loss of sales, productivity, data loss, privacy and much more), write CIBIS Software Development Services, “it’s now almost impossible to justify taking short cuts.”

When it comes to security, you get what you pay for.

What Are The Biggest Risks for Business?

There are many security risks for companies and organisations, and it’s only made more complicated when the business goes online to do most of its trading.

Let’s look at three significant risks regarding security.

Careless Employees

When we talk about security risks for businesses, careless employees are one of the leading causes of security risks.

A careless employee may mistakenly share company-sensitive details publicly or even privately to an external hacker, leading to a breach of data. This is usually known as an internal attack.

Virtual Assistants

Most business today prefer outsourcing some jobs to virtual assistants (VAs).

A typical example is the live chat support service of most e-commerce websites. When this outsourcing takes place, some of the company’s details are shared with the virtual assistant. If the assistant then decides to change details or inadvertently gets details mixed up with those of other clients, then there is a high risk or compromise.

Further, if the systems being used by your virtual assistant aren’t secure, then the details they have stored on their system about you or your clients could be hacked, landing you in serious legal hot water.

The only foolproof way of avoiding the risks of data violation is to have everything kept in-house on servers you manage yourself. This, however, isn’t always possible or practical.

At the very least ensure that your virtual assistant is using systems approved by your legal or security team, and constantly check that their systems are maintained and remain secure. Where possible, use VAs that come highly recommended.

Security Team

Most businesses haven’t planned for the need to have an online security team, believing they can handle it all themselves.

With security issues changing regularly, and many becoming more and more sophisticated, it’s safe to say that a business without a security team will invariably be compromised sooner rather than later.

The protection of your business, your staff and your clients should be part of any quality management system. Security requires a dedicated person or team to prevent or intercept security attacks and check for vulnerabilities, someone who’s up to date with current methods of risk aversion.

The Need for Website Security

Security measures are often overlooked until something has gone wrong.

Every month, there are numerous reports of security breaches on business websites stemming from little or no privacy. In some cases it was the client’s privacy that was also neglected and compromised, causing additional headaches all round.

Your business should be known for its reputation for data safety, security, and protection of all data for which it’s responsible.

Now that you know the importance of online security for your business be sure that you’re covered and all data is secured.

Avoid being at the mercy of hackers from outside your control and compromised customers within your control.

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