Security threats can cause irreparable damage to your company and its public image. According to NetIQ, more than 70 percent of companies report having been compromised by a successful cybersecurity breach in the past year. Meanwhile, physical stores and offices won’t be happy to hear about the alarming burglary rate in the U.S. stated by the FBI of a burglary happening every 15 seconds. These statistics are only the beginning of a long list of reasons why you should be concentrating your efforts and investing a portion of your capital into augmenting security systems and protocols.

Make Sure the Firewall Stays On
If there is one thing you should be regularly reminding your workforce about, it’s to keep the Firewall switched on. Firewall, in laymen terms, is a portal to your computer. Think of it as the impassable moat surrounding your invaluable castle. Firewall executes a program that runs round-the-clock to inspect each and every data packet going in and out of your computer’s network. If employees switch it off to get a task done more quickly, it could compromise your entire network.

Invest in Professional Antivirus Programs

It should seem a tad obvious that in order to bypass cyber security threats, antivirus programs should be running on your computers 24/7. McAfee’s worldwide study reported that 1 in every 6 computers did not have any or adequate antivirus protection. Professional antivirus programs are powerful deterrents against hackers and their malware and shouldn’t be left out of any security plan.

Shred Documents
Aside from your online footprint, hackers can also target your recycling bins and file cabinets for sensitive information. Shredding documents eliminates this point of entry, but few businesses choose to invest in a professional document shredding company. These third-party service providers like Vital Records Control can help dispose of your sensitive files without leaving any traceable material.

Train Employees
No matter how careful you are, your efforts will be underwhelmed by your employees’ ineptitude towards certain security protocols. Train your employees regularly and update the information and training they get on a quarterly or yearly basis. Even though they may know procedures, without reminders they might not follow every step.

Change Passwords
This applies to email accounts, third-party service provider accounts, and computer login accounts. Update your passwords at least every other month, being careful not to forget the password you change to. Make sure the password is a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.

A majority of the security steps mentioned above are simple and obvious steps. This is the whole point of good security management within a company. You want to keep things simple but at the same time un-breachable, even for the most experienced hackers and the most comprehensive malware.

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Brooke Chaplan is a writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys blogging about a variety of topics and doing anything outdoors with fitness.