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Safeguarding Your Livelihood: Business Video Surveillance Best Practices

As a business owner you want to ensure your investment is well protected. From slip and fall accidents to robbery, there are many reasons to have business video surveillance. Having an effective business video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, while also proving quite valuable when trying to document injury claims by customers or employees.

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How to React to a Payment Card System Data Breach

This entry is part 28 of 30 in the series Data Security

What are the true costs of a data breach? On the one hand, there are monetary damages: the estimated average cost per breach in the US is $7.9 million. Coupled with potential fines for negligence plus legal fees, and suddenly it’s no surprise that around 60% of small businesses will go out of business within 6 months after a significant breach and around 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses because of presumed vulnerabilities. On the other hand, there are the less tangible costs of a cyberattack, such as organizational integrity and customer trust. Whether it’s your fault or not, a data breach will compromise the public’s perception of your business, although the extent of it will really depend on the actions you take immediately following the breach.

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3 Benefits of a Restaurant POS System

Nearly every reputable retail business and restaurant operates using a Point of Sale (POS) system. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a brick-and-mortar store that DOESN’T have one these days. A good POS system keeps accurate records of cash flow, simplifies communication, and reinforces cyber security measures. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why your restaurant needs a quality POS system as soon as possible.

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How to Report Data Security Incidents

This entry is part 27 of 30 in the series Data Security

What Is Data Breach?

Data breach is the exposure of sensitive customer information due to hacking, theft or the accidental release of data. Business owners are expected to exercise discretion and due diligence to protect their customers’ data from a breach.

Imagine you just received a call informing you that your business and customer records have been compromised. What do you do?

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Email Security Best Practices: Do’s and Don’ts of Email Use

This entry is part 29 of 30 in the series Data Security

While email is a great tool both personally and professionally, it also poses one of the greatest threats to your business. Bad actors can use a variety of email scams such as ransomware, phishing, and a variety of other tools to not only disrupt personal computers, but also business technologies while gaining access to personal or business information that would be harmful for the outside world to have.

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Password Security Tips

This entry is part 9 of 30 in the series Data Security
A recent study analyzed 10 million passwords leaked in various data breaches throughout 2016. The most common password, once again, is ‘123456.’ A whopping 17% of users trust ‘123456’ to safeguard their online accounts! The study also found that four of the top 10 most common passwords were six characters or less. Brute-forcing techniques will have those passwords cracked in seconds.

Don’t fall into this trap. If your passwords are common and easy for you to remember, they’re likely to be easy for hackers as well. Use these password tips to keep your data secure. (more…)

PHISHY PHONE CALLS

This entry is part 20 of 30 in the series Data Security
In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. These calls may be phishing attempts and should be considered dangerous – but they can be tricky to identify and it’s important to be prepared to respond appropriately.

Here are 7 helpful tips to deal with phishing: (more…)

5 Reasons Your Business Needs Video Surveillance

Is your business as well-protected as it should be? Do you really know what goes on when you’re not there to see it firsthand? As a business owner you want to ensure that your investment is protected against loss from the public or from your own employees.

Due to their early and late hours and sometimes short staffing, gas stations, convenience and liquor stores are often subject to more crime and violence, which is a growing concern among many of Society’s policyholders. Other businesses such as restaurants, taverns, and grocery stores experience increasing numbers of slips and falls. Having an effective video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, and it can also prove valuable when trying to document crimes and injury claims by customers or employees. Many of the newer digital systems allow you to review your footage from a smart phone, even if you are not onsite.

So, is video surveillance really necessary at your business? YES. Here’s why: (more…)

Is Your Business a Target? Robbery Prevention Tips

As a former robbery detective in the Chicago Police Department I can easily see why a business would be a target for a robbery or hold up. Now that my career is in insurance, I know how important it is for a business to keep a “low profile.” Here are a few things you can do to make the bad guys pick another business as their victim:
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Don’t Be a Victim of Email Scams

This entry is part 21 of 30 in the series Data Security
Email is commonplace in the business world, with over 108 billion emails sent and received per day. The fact that emails are circulating in big numbers makes them a good target for scammers. We all need to be careful when opening emails.

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