Computer Security for Small Businesses in {states_primary}

As a small-business owner in {states_primary}, you might think network security and data breaches are things only the big guys need to worry about.

Think again.

Data security risks might be even higher for small businesses, as they typically don’t have the resources a large corporation does to protect against and recover from an attack.

So, what can you do to protect your {cities_primary}{cities_secondary:cond}, {cities_secondary_or}{/cond} business, your customers and your reputation? There are many solutions available for small businesses, whether you enlist a professional or do it yourself.

These tips should help get you started:

Wall off your network

Every company needs a firewall, which serves as a shield between your network and the outside world. It monitors all traffic and applies guidelines, letting in what’s safe and keeping out what isn’t. And, because nearly all employees are connected these days, security solutions for Internet browsing and email are recommended, too. These can prevent employees from visiting harmful sites (including those with offensive or illegal content) and help protect your network against viruses, malware and other threats.

Take care with your data

A breach of customer information can lead to ruin, of both your reputation and your business. Leaks of confidential company materials can be damaging as well. Create clear guidelines for your employees about the use of customer and company data, and consider data-protection software for another layer of security.

Keep your software up to date

One of the easiest things you can do to protect your business is to install updates to your software. Companies regularly issue patches to improve security and fix known vulnerabilities. Be sure you install them, or set them to auto-install.

Above all, have a plan

Ask yourself what you need to protect the most, and what security issues could cause significant harm to your business. This helps you know what measures to include in your data breach protection and recovery plan. Then use the FCC’s Small Biz Cyber Planner for help. It’s designed for companies that don’t have the resources to hire dedicated IT security staff.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals and the damage they cause are a real threat for companies of all sizes. And, that means network and data security measures aren’t just nice for your business to have, they’re mandatory.

Contact Us! At {agency_name_short}, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable.

Call us at {general_phone}, or send us a note at {email}. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

This article provided courtesy of Safeco Insurance®.

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