When most people think about cybersecurity, the usual things that come to mind tend to be hackers, computer viruses, and panic inducing trends, such as Ransomware. And while these are serious threats, it’s also important to remember that there are other types of serious issues that can be prevented by simply implementing a database recovery plan for your small business.
Internal Cybersecurity Risks
What would you do if an employee unintentionally opens a file infected with malware and your entire system crashes? Other than possibly firing that employee, do you have a plan to mitigate your damages? Also, was the malware installed due to the staff member’s own carelessness or could they have been better trained?
The very first thing you need to do when you bring a new hire on board is to train them properly. This responsibility will fall squarely on you as the business owner. Make sure to drill into them all of your company’s rules regarding internet usage. Prioritize reviewing them during meetings, office wide emails, and internal memos. Also, have an experienced IT expert revise them regularly to add any necessary updates. Cyber threats evolve faster than iPhone models.
Also, always make sure to back up everything. This will not only protect you in the event of installed malware, but it also covers your bases if you need information that a former employee worked on, or work done by staff who’s out sick or on vacation.
Something else you should do is to only share information on a “need to know” basis. There is no need for everyone on your team to have unrestricted access to all your data.
Encrypt your information; and remember to also do so on work issued mobile devices (especially when some of these automatically connect to shared Wi-Fi).
Designate an IT person to do damage control and give this information to every single one of your employees. If the worst were to happen, it needs to be second nature to know who to call to fix it.
Data is a commodity no business can afford to lose. Replacing it can be prohibitively expensive, and could even cost you your business. Having a database recovery plan is not one of those things you should think about when the need arises. You need to have one, and you need to know it like the back of your hand, now.
If you’re at a loss as to where to start, contact us. At Soaring Eagle, we will review your database performance, patch vulnerabilities, and advise you as to specific steps you can take to keep your business protected.