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Five ways to protect your business

Viruses, spam, phishing, hackers, theft and credit card fraud are just some of the security issues facing businesses today. To learn how you can strengthen your security and protect your business from financial loss, follow the links below.

Risk Assessment
You should perform a periodic risk assessment of your computing environment.
Commercial online banking customers should perform a periodic risk assessment and controls evaluation on their computing network environment. At minimum this should be done on an annual cycle.

  • List the ways the business collects, uses, and stores customer and business information. Document how employees access customer and business information, including remotely.

  • Identify how information can been compromised, stolen, or exploited. Include assessment of risk to customer information, as well as business proprietary information including intellectual capital.

  • Document the controls that are in place to protect your computing network environment.

  • Identify additional controls that are needed. Document whether each is an approved project, and if so, when it will be implemented, and if not approved, what is the status.

  • Record any "security incidents" that occurred since the last risk assessment. Identify what happen, what the impact was, and what current controls were breached, if any, and/or what controls will be implemented to prevent repeat events

Educate Your Employees
No matter how secured is your technical environment, an wrong click with the mouse by a user could jeopardize seriously your business. Your employees can be the strongest or weakest link in your security plan. Follow our tips to help them become your strongest security allies.

You can install firewalls on every computer, update your software and backup your data, but if your employees do not follow good security practices, your business is vulnerable to a wide range of threats. Help them understand why you have a security policy and why they should take it seriously. The security of your business rests in their hands.

Secure Your Systems
Making security a priority can help you avoid downtime and disruption. To protect your computers from Internet threats and data loss, follow best practices like ISO 27001, NIST, NSA, etc.. While you may not have the resources of a large business with a dedicated IT department, your company still faces similar threats. Following good security practices can reduce your risk and alleviate future damage.

Talk to Your Customers
Your privacy policy is everyone's business. Let your customers know how you protect their data. Building trust with your customers is good for your business. In fact, a recent study showed that a majority of consumers say they'd recommend a business if they were confident that business followed its security and privacy policies. Your customers want to know how their personal information will be used and protected. It's your responsibility to tell them.

Incident Reporting
Follow these important steps to help limit damage and disruption to your business. It's vital that you have a plan in place for dealing with security incidents so you can take immediate steps to limit damage and disruption to your business, and respectfully inform the affected parties. Part of your plan should include backing up important files and software programs. It'll save you time, money and allow you to keep your business running while you resolve the problem