These days, it actually could be more common to hear about a nearby business losing much of its valuable data in a cybercrime attack than it would be to hear about your neighbor’s house being vandalized. The enormous wealth of information stored on computers and over the Internet has created a whole new breed of “bad guys” that may not know how to pick a lock, but know their way around computer code, and therefore could be a threat to your business and the integrity of its data.
What’s more, even natural disasters or network failures can compromise your business’ digital data. But before you whip out your calculator and start the painstaking process of determining how much it’s going to cost you to keep your business safe, consider the following five steps you can take to secure your digital data. While not all of them are free, most are and others are cost-effective, making it well worth your while to heed them.
With Office 365, for example, data is stored on industrial-strength servers and is also backed up to a second datacenter. IT experts handle security updates, leaving you with more time to focus on business priorities.
Some computing solutions, such as Office 365, come with antivirus and antispam software already included.
Twice a year, Microsoft publishes its free, Security Intelligence Report that provides analysis of the latest threats and how to protect yourself and business from them. Additionally, businesses and consumers can access free antivirus protection with Microsoft Security Essentials.
With so much data being created and stored everyday, there’s even more of a need to be vigilant about information security. From virus attacks to random network failures, your data can be compromised in a number of ways, and to make matters worse, it can be costly and time-consuming to remedy. By taking these few simple preventive steps, you can help keep the worst from happening, and you and your business will be glad you did.
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