There is a reason that today’s society is commonly referred to as “The Information Age”: information is one of the most important commodities available for individuals and organizations. However, businesses also face the tremendous challenge of keeping their information secure so that their operation can continue to run effectively. Small businesses in particular face certain challenges for information security because of their structure as well as the way that they run. If you are the owner or are in charge of the information security management of a small business, there are several security issues that you should be aware of so that you can keep your information secure:
Limited Or Inconsistent Security Guidelines
Unlike large corporations that often have rules and regulations for how their staff members access the Internet, smaller companies sometimes do not have standardized methods that their staff members can use to prevent infections and other security breaches. This means that companies may not have all of their devices protected from harm: they might not even have any kind of antivirus or firewall protocols in place at all. To combat this problem you should strive to make sure that all devices being used in your office have the same systems to prevent malware or other problems from harming your network. Also make sure your team understands best practices for safely exchanging and accessing data.
BYOD Policies In The Office
While a “bring your own device or BYOD” policy has many advantages for small businesses, it also poses many security challenges. In a survey of IT decision makers conducted by NaviSite, a managed cloud service provider, 68% of respondents reported that they were concerned or extremely concerned when thinking about how they could secure enterprise data on employee mobile devices. Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones are some of the most commonly used types of technology in BYOD policies, and if your business has this policy in place it is important that you talk to your team about how they need to protect company information and ensure that they do not run the risk of compromising professional information.
Fewer Resources Than Larger Companies
Many small businesses do not have the same amount of resources available that larger organizations do, and as a result they cannot afford to spend as much on information security as big businesses. Small businesses will sometimes have to outsource their IT needs, meaning they do not have a devoted staff in-house that is looking out for their information security at all times. While managed IT service providers are usually dependable, they may be tough to get a hold of if they are managing other clients, or they may have a different corporate culture that causes differences and struggles in the way that they manage your infrastructure. Your business also may not be able to afford the level of service that is truly necessary to protect your information.
Technology poses many challenges for businesses that are looking to operate successfully today. As the engine of the economy, small businesses must ensure that they have a way to overcome these challenges if they want to stay in business and protect themselves from tremendous losses that can occur if their information is not safe. Use all of the resources your organization has at its disposal and make sure that you harness the power of free knowledge and training so that your small business can keep its information safe from being stolen or compromised in any way.