Bay Area Business Briefings

Bay Area Business Briefings

6 Ways To Protect Your Business From Getting Hacked…Are You Doing All Of These?

1. Know your data AND your risk. What kind of data are you storing? Knowing your data can inform you of your risk, and when you know your risk, you can respond with a plan to secure that data.

2. Have backups. Losing data cripples businesses. Always schedule regular backup so you never have to worry about losing it.

3. Encrypt your data. Encryption helps to ensure that only those who have permissions can access and read your data.

4. Get better passwords. Most people use bad passwords or use the same passwords for every website. Cybercriminals take advantage of this. Use strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and a different password for EVERY website.

5. Maintain defenses. Malware lurks in e-mails or unknown links on the web. It can harm your equipment, give hackers access to your data and hurt your business. Antimalware software coupled with a firewall can help block these threats.

6. Educate. Your team can be your best defense. They should be educated on cyberthreats and what to do/not do when it comes to their "digital responsibility" within your company. CPO Magazine, 6/12/2019.

 

3 Ways Working Harder Can Slow The Growth Of Your Company

You’re not delegating. When you work too hard, it becomes easy to "take over" projects. You become a micromanager who loses sight of the team and doesn’t play to the strengths of the experts you hired

to carry the load. If you’re not delegating, projects move less efficiently and you miss important details.

You’re not thinking creatively. Because you miss crucial details, you lack perspective, and a lack of perceptive makes it hard to think creatively, as research confirms. When a problem comes your way, you may not be able to solve it to the best of your abilities and you will end up creating a bigger problem.

Your business suffers. One person can do only so much and one person cannot scale a business successfully. If you want your business to grow, you MUST hand over much of the responsibility to others. Your business must be able to run without you in the building. Small Business Trends, 2/12/2019.