By George Otte
Could your company stand to reduce its expenses?
Just about every enterprise can. And you don’t have to look far for ideas: American Express’ great list of tips for business owners serious about reducing their business costs is just one of many publicly available resources for curious entrepreneurs.
Here’s a look at four of the easiest ways to slim down your business. Most require little to no upfront investment or reallocation of personnel resources—meaning you can get started at your earliest convenience.
1. Use Anti-Malware Protection
Anti-malware programs provide valuable digital protection against an ever-multiplying array of cyber threats. By protecting your system with a reputable anti-malware solution that regularly updates with defenses against the latest perils, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a major systems breach—a costly, reputation-damaging event that can seriously set your company back.
It’s important to remember that no anti-malware solution is totally foolproof. You can further reduce your risk by training your employees to recognize phishing scams and suspicious files, by putting together a digital crisis management plan before breaches occur, and by working with a trusted computer repair company with experience recognizing and addressing cyberthreats.
By George Otte
Though large-scale corporate hacks are more likely to make headlines, smaller hacks are actually far more common.
According to The Guardian, small and midsize U.K. businesses reported a significant increase in hacks between 2013 and 2015. The story is much the same in the United States and elsewhere in the world: Smaller enterprises are increasingly vulnerable to digital threats.
You don’t need the resources of a Fortune 500 firm to protect yourself against cyber intrusion and data theft. These five practices can substantially reduce your risk.
1. Encrypt Mission-Critical Data
Unencrypted data is vulnerable to theft or copying by digital thieves. Newer systems may have built-in encryption tools, like Windows 10’s BitLocker. BitLocker allows you to store encrypted data on a computer’s hard drive or on external drives (which are more portable). You can also encrypt your data in the cloud using a secure backup service like Carbonite.
2. Use a Sophisticated Anti-Malware Solution
Your company needs a sophisticated anti-malware solution with a regular update cycle. Nothing less will protect your networks and devices against the ever-growing multitude of digital threats. There are lots of choices out there, so get started by reading up on how to choose an anti-virus app.