Business owners and managers have quite a lot on their plate. One of the more serious jobs is keeping client information safe and secure, especially if your company regularly maintains client data that includes sensitive information. Protecting this information is not just good business but it is also in compliance with the law. For example, the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows for significant company fines for businesses that don’t adequately protect client information. The Better Business Bureau also reports that protecting client data should be a top priority for all businesses. Here are a few ways that you can ensure you are providing the best possible protections for your clients.
- Add Protection Layers – Every company should have multiple layers of security both for the physical hardware as well as the software and stored information. There really is no such thing nowadays as too much protection. Add firewalls, antivirus, and anti-malware programs to all of your computers.
- Train or Limit Employee Access – Training employees, who are many times the first line of defense against a cyber attack, is critical. If that is not possible, limit who has access to certain data so that it can be protected.
- Keep Updated – One of the best practices is to maintain periodic updates of software. Updated software means it has the most recent security updates as well.
- Hire a Pro – Hire a professional IT consultant, like M&H Consultants who can evaluate your system for weaknesses. With the ability to think like a hacker, the professionals can create a security plan for your company.
- Passwords – Obviously, passwords and multi-level authentication can assist with breaches, so discuss how you can take your passwords to the next level with an IT pro.
- Notify When Breached – Notify clients and customers when your data has been breached so they can take appropriate action.
Do you need help protecting your client information? Call M&H Consulting today at 1-(866)-964-8324 or visit our website M&H Consults