Industry News by John Garza Feb 14, 2018 Starting a Business? Best Practices to Keep Your Data Safe Starting a business is exciting! According to Fortune, more job seekers are starting new businesses at a higher rate than ever before. And, why not? Credit is cheap, optimism is high, and there are more things that you can do with your business than any time in history. If you are one of the brave souls embarking on this grand adventure, I am sure you have done your homework and are ready to get started. Name and incorporation…check. Legal docs…check. Business plan and forecast…check. Products and services…check. Data security plan…um…huh? Often, one of the most overlooked areas in any new business is making sure you understand the risks that are out there and how you can make sure you aren’t foiled by something like a ransomware event or large scale cyberattack on you or your customers. Implementing a security plan doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating if you follow these best practices to get started. Purchase an automatic offsite cloud backup service like Jungle Disk. Keeping a safe, second copy of your data ensures that no matter what happens locally, you have a backup plan. By using an offsite solution, you can guarantee that your private company data is protected and accessible regardless of what occurs at your business location. Think about using a cloud-based productivity suite to manage your company email and business applications versus running these platforms in your office or at a local establishment. For instance, G Suite by Google, your business email aka Gmail, Google Drive, and calendar are all in one spot and hosted offsite. These basic but crucial tools no longer need to be run at your place of business and you can easily access assistance to get setup and going with little start up work needed. Does your business have multi-level threat protection keeping your network safe from attacks? Make sure you are running a service that offers an active ransomware shield, malware protection and data leak prevention like the one here. Having network protection in place will block malicious links. Using QuickBooks online to manage your financial books? Most new businesses are using QuickBooks. Use a service likely SafetyNet to backup those financial records and combat fraud and corrected imports. Have your staff regularly trained on your backup strategy, the tools being used, and what to do in the event you have to put your security action plan in place. Be sure that as a business owner you are keeping up with the latest cybersecurity information to help defend your business. Resources can be found here. At Jungle Disk, we offer numerous products that your new business can use to stay safe. They are all easily consumable and provide the convenience of a subscription-based model that requires no upfront purchase or long-term commitment. If you need help putting together a plan for your business, contact our security experts at (888) 601-0401 or request a product demo.