Small businesses can suffer hours of downtime per year for every computer used in their company, whilst the last two years have seen identity and information theft become the top security concern for the majority of business owners.

The technology landscape in smaller organizations and the resources available to tackle Internet ‘malware (malicious software) are likely to be radically
different from larger enterprises, however, a security breach is far more likely to have a devastating effect on the revenues, or even the survival of a start-up or small business.

This guide presents some simple but effective steps that you can take, to ensure that you keep your valuable business assets and customer data secure. Use the top-tips presented both when you first start your business and also as a reference set, perhaps referred back to every three months or so, to ensure that you are following best practice and doing everything you can to keep your company and your employees safe online.

Getting a business off the ground and then keeping it running smoothly is undoubtedly tough and the threats posed to our businesses’ computers and electronic information in this online world are yet another concern for every small business owner.

However, following the simple steps outlined in this paper, adapting the policies, technology needs and processes to your own venture, should provide you with the security and protection you need to operate with the minimum of effort and cost.

Have a question about securing your business? Connect with a SCORE mentor online or in your community today!