Most businesses are reliant on documents, photos, videos and other files saved on their computer or server. But what can you do to protect this business-critical data?
Our IT experts at Belton and technology partner Lenovo, have compiled a list of the top five things businesses can do to reduce their risk of data loss.
1. Off-Site Back Up
Taking regular, automated backups of your data and storing it at an off-site location is one of the best ways you can protect yourself from data loss – whether it be by accidental deletion, file corruption, hardware failure, a virus or ransomware. Make sure your backups are monitored, otherwise you won’t know if they are working until you need them.
Ensure all devices used by your organisation have antivirus software installed and updated to its current version to protect against viruses and other malware. New malware is being created all the time, so it’s important to have a current antivirus licence to protect against the latest threats.
Think of a firewall as your first line of defence against intrusion. Every business should have a firewall to protect you from external parties from accessing your server and devices.
Firewalls can also limit the spread of viruses within your organisation’s network – so if one device gets infected, it doesn’t take down the rest of your team too.
4. Avoid Suspicious Emails
We’ve all seen malicious spam emails asking us to click on a link, but some can be tricky to spot, with the creators going to great lengths to convince us they are from someone we trust.
Spam filtering on your email service is essential but training your team how to identify and remove threatening emails can be just as important.
5. Ransomware Protection
Ransomware locks your computer or encrypts your files, holding them ransom until you pay a fee to the cybercriminals who hold them hostage.
Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common but there are ways to protect against them, whether it’s using the right backup service or a sophisticated endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution.
Want Help to Secure Your Systems?
Belton is your IT partner. We take care of everything IT, so you can focus on running your business. Our managed service plans cover everything your business needs – backups, software licences, maintenance and support – for a single monthly fee.
Contact our team to find out more.