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Logic to Create’s mission is to encourage SMEs to adopt a culture of protection and security for their websites, all their digital systems and their businesses in general.
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Author: Yejide Adeoye MBCS
3 STEPS TO DIGITAL SECURITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS
We are hearing more and more about data breaches, hacks and data loss but some of you are still not taking the security of your digital, internet connected, systems seriously!
This is fine if you don’t care too much for your business but if you do and want to secure trust and better business opportunities, now is the time to start taking these 3 steps to digital security.
In this brief post, I will go through 3 simple steps to digital security and why they are important for you to start taking them to protect your business.
WHAT ARE THE 3 STEPS TO DIGITAL SECURITY?
The 3 steps to digital security are:
Let’s take a closer look at these steps individually.
This is all about raising your levels of awareness, educating yourself, your team and your peers around general digital security issues and then drilling down to identify specific issues that affect the systems you use for your business.
Common topics include malware protection, password management, user access controls, software updates and patching. But you should also be thinking about website security (if you have a website), combating fraud attacks, business continuity following an incident and anything else that comes up.
Doing your research will help you find answers/solutions, it will also highlight things you may not have even thought about.
So that’s the first step – do your research and raise your level of awareness.
Great starting points are:
- National Cyber Security Centre Information for Self-employed and Sole Traders
- National Cyber Security Centre Information for SMEs
- Cyber Essentials
This is a natural progression from conducting your research as it helps you formulate the information, ideas, advice and tips, you have found into something you can implement in your business.
Your plan will document what you need to do, for example you will most likely need to perform a digital assets audit and/or user account review. It will also help you identify who will be responsible for each area or action of the plan; what time and resource is required and the types of impacts and outcomes you envisage.
With your plan you may need to consult with others, get additional support and budget accordingly – which moves us nicely on to the final step.
The most common budget you hear of in business is the marketing budget!
“If you don’t have a marketing budget then you are not serious about promoting your business.”
How many times have you heard that or something similar? Well if that is the case for marketing guess what it is for digital security? Yes you’ve guessed it…
“If you don’t have a digital security budget then you are not serious about protecting your business’s digital assets and your customers/clients data!
As a starting point, your digital security budget should include hardware and software – of course but what about cyber insurance, annual recurring costs and regular systems security training?
From your research and planning you should have a good idea of what you need to budget for and, crucially, when. By creating this budget, you can embed it into your business financials by adding it to your annual business budget and cash flow forecasts, ensuring it is not overlooked or forgotten.
As we are at the start of a new year, now is a great time to get the ball rolling and take the suggested steps to introduce and start embedding digital security within your business.
Remember do your research, get a plan in place and create a budget!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yejide Adeoye MBCS is a thought provoker and indispensable WordPress Security Specialist. She supports SMEs on adopting the best ways to protect their business activities online. The majority of her clients are female led black micro business owners who have developed their own self hosted WordPress websites or who have had websites built and handed over to them.