It’s been close to a year since the most significant hack in cyber-history that we know of. The last thing you want for your business is to inform customer their information has been taken. You can avoid some common mistakes to reduce your chances.
This article on Inc.com goes over some common mistakes businesses make. The overall theme though is keeping up with technology is required in business. Just because something is working doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be looked at. Older software that isn’t getting security updates is the prime target (the Equifax hack as of this writing was determined to be a missed update).
Probably the most common problem we see is malware (viruses, trojan horses, rootkits, etc,). These are systems that take credit cards, and those internet nasties are stealing your customer information. You don’t even realize it as a business owner.
Although much less common, a disgruntled employee can cause you a world of hurt. They know your systems and where vulnerabilities are. Even if they aren’t technical, they might report your lack of security to others.
If you’re not familiar with updated security software and firmware on things like Point of Sale (POS) systems and routers, it’s time to contact us before you have to contact your customers about a preventable breach.
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