Are You Ready for a Data Disaster?

It’s no longer a matter of “if” you’ll have a data disaster, but “when”. Are your data storage solutions and business applications secure and protected from hackers?  

Did you know that nearly 60% of small businesses close within six months of a significant data breach? This frightening statistic is one that is eye-opening for many business leaders, especially when there are steps that you can take to avoid this type of data disaster occurring at your business. Organizations that create a cybersecurity strategy that includes monitoring, backup and disaster recovery, and employee education are much more well-equipped to weather the storm if the worst does happen. Here are some steps that you can take to help protect your business from the dangers associated with a data breach.

Identify All Data Sources

Do you have multiple databases stored at various locations within your organization? These one-off pockets of information are often difficult to monitor and even tougher to aggregate into a single source of truth for your customer data. These efforts are incredibly valuable because it’s difficult to wrangle one data location — much less several databases that have different security levels, software integrations and more. If you’re not actively identifying all of your customer and internal data sources with an eye to consolidation, the time to get started is now.

Review Your Disaster Readiness

Do you have a strategy in place that you can initiate as soon as you hear that there’s been a breach? If not, you might be caught without a backup plan . . . or a backup of critical business data and systems. It’s difficult for internal IT teams to keep up-to-date on the latest advances in the ever-changing field of cybersecurity. Working with an IT services provider can help you get the extra set of hands that you need to get the work done, but also offer strategic insight that will help protect your business.

Plan Regular Staff Trainings

It’s an unfortunate fact, but your staff members are likely the weakest link in the path to data disaster. From weak passwords to the eventual sharing of accounts credentials, your staff members are executing risky maneuvers on a regular basis — and you probably don’t even know it. A full review of your security procedures and a rollout of new password requirements can help, but ongoing education for your staff members on the dangers associated with cybersecurity breaches can be the best way to prevent a full-scale attack on your business. Phishing attacks are particularly brutal, and they’re also incredibly well-engineered to take unsuspecting staff members by surprise. It’s vital that you drill your employees on the impact to the business of a single, misplaced click. Once people realize the damage that can occur, they’re much more likely to go slowly and ask questions when in doubt about the legitimacy of an email or social media ad.

Keep Your Malware and Patches Up-to-Date

Is your team falling a bit behind on their software or hardware maintenance? It’s not surprising, as many small to mid-size businesses have an IT team that is seriously overworked and understaffed. Unfortunately, there are some pretty serious implications to businesses that aren’t able to maintain active patches and upgrades to any software. The lack of patch application is considered a key exploit that hackers are looking for, because it may indicate that there are other vulnerabilities within your cybersecurity net that can allow them to gain quick and easy access.

Protecting your business from a data disaster starts with a robust cybersecurity posture and active monitoring for your business. At Clearpath IT Solutions, our experienced professionals provide the security and support that your business needs to be successful. Contact us today at 309-263-5600 or fill out our quick online form for a free initial consultation with our team. Don’t let your business become a statistic: take the time to investigate the options that are available for increasing security with the support of the technical solutions experts at Clearpath IT Solutions.

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