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3 Ways for Small Businesses to Protect Their Data

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Small businesses should consider data security seriously and take steps to protect the data of their employees and clients.

In our online world, data security is one of the most important aspects of any business. Aside from data pertaining to that business such as company information and finances, businesses—even small businesses—have a database of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) of employees and customers that is important for smooth operations. Businesses cannot survive without collecting this information to some degree for use in daily operations, but that also means it is the responsibility of the business to take the protection of this data seriously. A hacked PII database is one of the fastest ways to lose customer satisfaction and loyalty—it also comes with hefty fines due to violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Encryption

Encryption is the best way to protect any and all data that your company stores. Encryption keys make stolen data illegible because the user who attempted to access it is not authorized and does not know the encryption. The encryption hides the information in a way, making it illegible to anyone who is not authorized. What this means is that, even if your company is breached, all of your encrypted data is protected and won’t be usable by whoever is attempting to access it. 

Software

Stick to secure software that is known for being safe. Every program you download to your computer is a potential hazard with the possibility of containing malware or spyware that is quietly performing malicious tasks without your knowledge. Sticking to official software that is known to be safe and legitimate will guarantee that none of these programs are trying to swipe, corrupt, or even erase your database.

Employee Training

Another effective method for data protection is appropriate employee training. It might not be the most exciting thing ever, but it should be emphasized how important it is for everyone to take data protection seriously. Customers are not the only ones with data that is at risk within a company—there is critical information stored about the employees such as addresses, emails, personal phone numbers, and even the routing numbers for direct deposit. Nobody wants to have their information stolen, and employees will be more likely to take training seriously if they know that it also protects them.

Phone System Solutions from Delta Intellicom

Want to learn more about the ways we can help improve your business? Delta Intellicom can satisfy all of your telecommunication needs, whether you need help with your new VoIP system or just want to streamline your existing office phone network. We have served the Maryland, Washington, D.C, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania areas for over 20 years and offer an unparalleled customer experience. We have the expertise and products to fulfill all of your phone service and data needs. For more information, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-946-3358. For more tips, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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