10 Tips to Upgrade Your Business Security in 2021

Today’s security tips are constantly changing, especially in light of new developments related to digital transformation. As companies have turned to digital solutions to proceed with their operations, enhancing security measures has become just as important. 

Because we don’t want you to be taking any risks, we’ve consulted with founders and employees on the top 10 tips for upgrading your business security in 2021:

  1. Use a VPN

Looking after the security of your e-commerce store is no different than maximizing your security on your home, car, or even your email account. You want to know that your business is safe. In my opinion, the best option is to use a VPN or a virtual private network. You connect to a server other than the one you use at home, this way you receive a new IP address. 

You can make changes, update information, and store data securely, knowing that the connection you have just acquired is one-of-a-kind with maximum security for you and the business. The biggest threats that e-commerce stores are facing are unwanted hacks. As much as you try to prevent them, some people won’t give up until they have gained access to your account. VPN helps with reducing the possibility of this happening due to the IP addresses and hosts used when accessing the store.
Alex Thompson, Director at Festoon House

  1. Support Cybersecurity Staff

The most crucial tip to upgrade your business security in 2021 is to support cybersecurity staff. The first step is to make sure that your cybersecurity team has the resources they need. Security teams also complain that they aren’t given enough budget or that senior management ignores their requests. 

These issues arise from senior management’s lack of professional knowledge of cybersecurity, which would otherwise allow them to understand why the team is making these requests. As a result, board members also regard cyber protection as a cost of doing business and ignore the advantages of doing so.
Daniel Foley, SEO Team Manager at HomeTree

  1. Conduct a Risk Evaluation

A risk evaluation should be one of the first tasks an organization should complete when planning a cybersecurity strategy, It’s the only way to ensure that the controls you choose are suitable for the risks the company faces. Without a risk assessment, the company is more likely to overlook risks that could have disastrous consequences. 

Similarly, you can spend time and effort dealing with incidents that are unlikely to occur or may not cause significant harm. After all, it’s pointless to put in place safeguards against incidents that are unlikely to occur or won’t have a significant effect on your company.
Shad Elia, Founder and CEO of WeBuyHousesHere.com

  1. Back-up Everything

One simple yet effective business security tip that I want to talk about is to backup everything. Ransomware attacks have been constantly on the rise, in which hackers use a type of malware to keep businesses from accessing their systems until they pay a hefty ransom. Ransomware attacks have increased by 6,000 percent globally since 2016. In the wake of the pandemic, they’ve only gotten worse, with hackers now focusing on the hospital or health-care IT networks. Companies are also being shut out of their data because they aren’t backing it up properly. Make sure you have duplicates of something you can’t do without.
Benjamin Rose, Co-Founder of Trainer Academy

  1. Invest in a Vulnerability Scanner

I strongly advise businesses to invest in a vulnerability scanner, which is an automated software that scans the web servers, networks, and applications on a regular basis. Such a tool would offer businesses an indication of their vulnerabilities, allowing them to identify security flaws in their infrastructure. Knowing how small businesses appear to their attackers is by far the most important thing they can know.

It’s important to remember that cybersecurity companies are a high-value target for hackers. Although cybersecurity tools may provide a sense of protection for businesses, it’s also critical to keep vendors accountable. Even though you have a trusted supplier, you must assess them. You must exert pressure on them to ensure that their protection is thoroughly assessed. Familiarize yourself with your cybersecurity vendor’s security protocols and keep it to a high level.
Tanner Arnold, President & CEO of Revelation Machinery

  1. Pay Attention to Your Website’s Online Payment Portals

Increase security for your website and especially those who are accepting online transactions. I have seen so many online stores or businesses have poor upfront security measures. This can lead to easy virus attacks on the sites and steal confidential information. Proper use of security plugins and site updates are mandatory.
Rahul Gulati, Founder, GyanDevign Tech Services LLP

  1. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

This is a method that requires computer users to provide multiple pieces of info to login to a system.
Alina Clark, Co-Founder & Marketing Director of CocoDoc

  1. Install an Access Control System

Your business security is everything you need in 2021. To upgrade your business security and make it effective than before, I think an access control system works better than many systems. Install this system to give access to only relevant personnel to sensitive areas of your business. 

This system should be installed to both the digital and physical processes of business to make them secure and prevent any unauthorized person accessing your sensitive and important business information and processes
Patrick Smith, CTO at Firestick Tricks

  1. Manage Passwords Wisely

The golden rule is to have a strong and different password for each website. Long, random passwords prevent brute force attacks, and using a different password for each account avoids having all of them compromised at once when a data breach occurs.
Mikkel Andreassen, Customer Experience Manager at Dixa

  1. Use a Firewall

Firewalls are the first line of defense to keep networks and devices safe, but the configuration should be reviewed regularly for any issues. A firewall is only as good as its configuration, minimizing the vulnerabilities in the system and updating it. 
Caroline Lee, Marketing Director and Co-Founder of CocoSign

Leona Rankin
Founder Leona has worked for years as a Corporate Security Manager until she decided to form the company. She deemed all information regarding security should be regarded as a necessity, especially nowadays where threat may be imminent everywhere, whether in the physical, or the digital world.