If you are a small business owner who processes payments online, cyber security must be a top priority.
With over 20 years of experience processing payments for both off-line and online retailers, the payments security experts at North American Bancard recommend the tips below for boosting your company’s cyber security this summer and well into the future.
Tip #1: Have a Plan of Action
It is imperative to have a plan of action when it comes to cyber security. This plan should include ensuring that you have identified a reputable and secure payment processor, and that your website has the most up-to-date and built-in safety, security, and anti-virus protection. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur who cannot afford the expertise of a full-time IT expert, invest in someone part time, or invest in an ecommerce host who has a reputation for security.
Tip #2: Practice Safe Social Media
Without knowing it, the team member you delegate your social media marketing to may accidentally divulge sensitive company or client information. This could be something as simple as accidentally stating who your largest client is—which is not a concern for some industries, but could be detrimental if it violates your client contract.
Tip #3: Make Sure You Are Backed Up
Technical difficulties can and will occur. If you do not have a system in place in which you automatically back up your data, a system outage, or lost files can create a damaging ripple effect. Depending on your needs, the Cloud may provide you with sufficient storage—or you may need to invest in in-house or offsite servers.
While the cyber security tips above are imperative, ensure that you revisit them on a regular basis as well as stay up-to-date with the most current cyber security protocols.