There a lot of things that have changed the face of the business world over the years but few have had a bigger or more permanent impact than the internet. It’s hardly a surprise that the internet has caused such a fundamental shift in the way in which many businesses function, there isn’t really a single part of life that hasn’t been changed in some way by the internet so there’s no reason why business should be an exception. However, while there are many positive aspects to the internet, there are also some unique risks that come with it. In order to help you avoid these dangers, here are some things that you can do to keep your business secure in the internet age.
Fraud has always been an issue for many businesses, but the anonymity of the internet means that it’s now easier than ever for opportunistic criminals to take advantage of lax security measures. Because of this, you need to make sure that you’re thinking very carefully about how to prevent fraud. Not only that but you should think about friendly fraud as well. Friendly fraud is when the fraud being committed is not against you but against your customer. While it might be tempting to turn the other way when it comes to that kind of thing, customers will feel much more connected to your business if you help to protect them as well as yourself.
For a very long time, if you wanted to keep your business secure all you needed was a thick chain and a large padlock. However, the internet age, things have become significantly more complicated. If you’re not thinking about digital security as well, then you’re going to end up leaving your business incredibly vulnerable to attack. From data breaches to cryptocurrency security, you need to be be positive that your business is properly protected online. You need to make sure that you are not only using antivirus and firewall software but that you’re keeping them constantly updated.
A workplace culture of safety
In the end, you can have all of the right security methods in place, but if you can’t trust your employees to implement them properly, then it’s all going to be as good as useless. You need to create a workplace culture that values security and safety in your business as much as it values productivity and efficiency. This isn’t always easy to do, but it’s a lot less complicated than a lot of people assume. The best way to do it is simply to lead by example. Make sure that your employees always know what their responsibilities are and show them that you’re following those same responsibilities as well. Being able to see you practicing what you preach allows your employees to see just how important it is to be safe and secure in everything that they do while at work.
While many of these methods use techniques that would have been practically unheard of even a decade ago, it’s important to remember that they are very much based on the same fundamental ideas as all security measures. The need for constant vigilance, the right equipment, and a commitment to security from all of your employees are far from being new concepts. Make sure that you don’t forget those security fundamentals, even when you’re trying to defend against some extremely modern threats.