Running a business can be an expensive thing to do, and as a business owner, you’ll always be looking for ways to save money. It might be tempting not to pay for any security measures, and just hope that all will be well, but that’s not the most sensible approach; after all, if something went wrong in this regard, you could have to pay large fines, you might lose business, and you might even have to close. Is it really worth it?
The truth is that you’re always going to have to have some security elements in place, but there are ways to do it even if you’re on a budget, so you have the best of both worlds. With that in mind, keep reading for some more information.
Firewalls are the first line of defence against any cybercriminals or hackers - anyone unauthorised trying to get into your computer network, for example - but the issue is that as crucial as they are, not all businesses have them in place because they can be expensive to buy and then to maintain.
However, if you use firewall as a service, also known as FWAAS, it can be a fantastic budget-friendly way to make sure you keep your business as safe as possible. FWAAS gives you all the benefits of using a firewall without having to pay anything upfront - you just pay as you go, depending on your needs. When it comes to security on a budget, FWAAS solves a lot of problems.
Sometimes it’s human error that causes the most problems when it comes to the security of your business, so it’s important to ensure your team is completely aware of what they should (and shouldn’t) be doing when it comes to security in general.
The best way to do this is with training, and that training doesn’t have to cost much, and, if you’re willing to do it yourself (provided you have all the right information), it can even be free, except for the time it takes to do it.
Teach your team about how to stay safe online, why they shouldn’t click on strange links, why attachments can be dangerous, and why their passwords need to be changed regularly, for example. When it comes to physical security, make sure they know the protocol of locking up and setting the alarm. The more you can help them, the more help they’ll be to the business.
What do you do when a program or piece of equipment pops up to tell you it needs to be updated? Do you immediately spring into action, or do you ignore the request and just carry on with what you were doing?
The best thing to do is something in between these two things. Most of the time, the reason we ignore these updates is that we’re busy actually using the piece of equipment or program at the time, and we don’t have the time to stop for an update, which can take many minutes or even hours. Therefore, make a note of what needs to be updated when you’re told about it, and start the process when you no longer need to use the program. In that way, you’re protecting your business and not paying anything for it.
The more up-to-date your software is, the less chance there is of a cybercriminal being able to hack into it, so it really is one of the best options when it comes to staying safe.