The fact that businesses are the target of scammers and hackers is no secret. Just last month, Target announced it had been the victim of a major scam, compromising the credit card and debit card numbers – including pin numbers – of millions of customers. This was by far one of the most prominent scams of 2013, but it was far from the only one. Major software manufacturers like Adobe were also victim, compromising even more personal information. Truth be told, no one is really safe – not even major corporations.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
As a small business owner – or a large business owner – you really need to take measures to protect yourself. This means protecting yourself not only from outside attack, but ensuring your own systems and programs are working properly from the start.
If you are creating your own software platforms – for internal use or for sale – it is important for you to look at the types of testing available. Some options you might consider include functional GUI testing, regression testing, unit testing, white-box testing, data-driven testing, and coverage testing. It depends on the function you are trying to obtain and your main objectives. You can hire someone to do this internally or you can look to third-party vendors to objectively test your software as well. The point is to make sure your system not only works properly but can’t be penetrated easily.
If you are looking to protect your systems, in general, you need to look at business protection software and programs that are geared towards just that – business. Businesses are often victimized just because they are businesses – because scammers and criminals want to prove a point or because they feel as though a business won’t hurt for a loss. You’ll want to look at enterprise systems geared towards major networks. Symantic and Trend Micro are just a couple of the companies that offer specific systems to protect sensitive business information.
Your systems and private information are your livelihood. Your customer information, sensitive contract information, and even personnel files should be kept safe and under lock and key. The people with whom you have business relationships are depending on you to keep your private business just that – private. You can only do that if you are taking the steps necessary to not become the next victim of a major scam. The harder your systems are to access, the less likely you are to become the next headline target.