Allen Lepke, Managed Services Product
Since September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, I
thought it would be a good time to evaluate if you have the
necessary security in place to protect your business. Let's face it
- no one thinks bad things can happen to them, but do you want to
take that risk? Here are five things to consider:
- Review Your Insurance, Carefully.
Most companies have liability insurance that would pay if their
building and contents within were damaged. However, do you have
enough coverage to replace all the computer equipment, devices,
desks, art, supplies, etc that have accumulated over the years?
Make sure you review your policy every year and ensure the new
additions and assets you've accrued throughout the year are
- Consider the Cloud. An advantage of cloud
computing is your data is stored offsite in a secure data center.
So if your building was destroyed or if your server croaks due to
an unexpected hardware failure, everything you've worked hard to
create over the years wasn't impaired in the disaster but is safe
- Is Your Data Secure? A never-ending battle is
to make sure your data is protected from theft. Companies that get
hacked and have sensitive client and employee data exposed can face
severe penalties, lawsuits, and massive loss of credibility. Review
your security measures so you never have to send an email to your
customers explaining that a hacker accessed their information
through you. Also, if you store sensitive information (even
passwords to portals containing sensitive information) on laptops,
phones, or other devices, ensure you have a way to control and
safeguard that information.
- Write a Simple Disaster Recovery Plan. The
keyword is 'simple.' If the plan is too complicated or difficult,
you won't do it. Think of the disaster that is most likely to
happen and how you would recover.
- Review Your Internet Policy. With everyone's
nosed buried in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), it is
important that your employees know where the line is in what they
can and cannot post online. It is also suggested to have a form of
content-filtering software to block websites and content you don't
want employees visiting during work hours.
If you have questions about this list or just want to
talk about your specific circumstances, contact Allen Lepke at firstname.lastname@example.org