Spring Cleaning for Your Small Business Part 1 of 3: Document Security

Document Securing While Spring Cleaning Your Small Business

Appropriately Secure and Dispose of Business Data

It may be February, but the first buds of spring are right around the corner. For your Small and Mid-Sized Business (SMB), the annual spring cleaning ritual doesn’t mean simply dusting off the shelves and organizing the supply closet. It’s also about forming secure habits for your business operations and protecting against data intrusions that could ultimately impact your organization’s name, and your bottom line. Continue reading

When a Corporate Data Breach Happens: Critical Next Steps for 2019

Corporate Breach Response

What if my Business is Next?

Regardless of cybersecurity proficiency, no organization is safe from data breaches. That’s why it’s critical that every business develops and documents an Incident Response Plan. Your response plan will outline steps your organization should take if you suspect data has been compromised. The quicker your business follows the plan, the better off you will be, and you will be in position to mitigate the impact the data loss will have on your business. Continue reading

Three External Scams Targeting Your Small Business

Small Business Owner Concerned About Scam

Businesses Beware  

Scammers are getting more sophisticated and are constantly evolving to avoid detection. And, within small businesses themselves, there are internal issues that may lead to a higher risk of further external scams. For example, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), who often lack a proper system of checks and balances, are especially appealing to fraudsters. In a report released in April 2018 by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, scams within businesses with fewer than 100 employees, led to the following:

  • Median loses of $850,000 – this was due to fraud committed by an owner or executive within the small business, further emphasizing the need for checks and balances.
  • Check and payment tampering was nearly three times more likely at a small business than a larger one (22% to 8%). Other frauds much more common at small businesses included skimming (20% vs. 8%) and payroll (13% to 5%).

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