When you ask people the question “what is the most important thing about running a business” they will often say that it is all about the profit line. Even though that makes sense since you have been taught that in school all of your life, you would be wrong. When you start to run an actual business, you start to learn that the most important thing that you can have is the trust of your customer base. Businesses will routinely sacrifice their profit margin so that they can keep the trust of their users.
If you run an actual business, then you know that it is best to give away a little money now to keep a potential and current customer’s trust. This is why a business must seriously think about how much they are going to pay to keep their computer system safe. If you own a business then you must think of your computer security in the same exact manner as you do the trust of your customer.
In the following article I will show you what you need to keep your system safe and why it is important for you to do so.
As A Small Business What Do I Need To Keep My Network Safe?
Keeping your computer system safe and the amount of money that you are going to need to do it all depends on how big your business is. If your business is large, then you are talking about a significant amount of money to keep your system safe. If you have a mid-size business then you should look to spend a good deal of money to keep yourself safe as well.
While we may not be talking about the millions that it would take a large business to secure their network, it will cost you tens of thousands to be able to do this. There are too many businesses that are on a mid-size level that will put aside a small business budget towards their computer security. They still have the feeling that they are a small business and that no hackers are going to pay attention to them. But that is not the case. The smart hackers are looking for businesses that are what they consider low hanging fruit. They know most businesses that are small- to mid-size are not careful and do not spend nearly enough money on security.
As A Small- Or Mid-Size Business What Can I Do?
This is when you take a look at your budget and see how much you can take out of it for the sake of computer security. When you are a small business you are going to want to outsource your security concerns to a company that specializes in that field. Do not make the mistake of having your employee who knows how to set up a network and install antivirus on the machines in the office be the one who is in charge of your computer security. It is something that you will pay for in the long run if you are not careful.
There are plenty of freelancers that you can have to do this for you. There are some businesses that only use a computer system for taking credit card orders and keeping track of supplies. If that is the nature of your business then you can have someone on retainer that comes in once every couple of months when a program needs to be upgraded.
If your business is something that uses a computer a lot, which many do, then you need someone who is going to be there at least once a week.
If you are a mid-size business and your company uses the computer a lot it might be for your benefit if you hire both a network specialist and a security specialist full time. At the very least you can have the network administrator full time but the security position as a freelance one. No matter how you set it up, it is important that you have two different people on the job.
Is This Really Important? Can’t I Overlook It?
If you really want to take a chance and allow the information that you take from your customers to fall into the hands of someone else then be my guest. You will save a small amount of money but you will lose a lot of customers if anything goes wrong.
When you take a person’s personal information as part of your business there is an implied trust that is involved. Once you lose your customers’ trust it will be almost impossible to get it back. As a small- to mid-size business, that could be devastating.