All business-owners love to sleep knowing that everything has been taken care of and no adverse incidents will occur in their enterprise. The same can be said about small business enterprises, where every businessperson wants to wake up knowing that the company is making profits and can run on its own even if the person will not be available for some time. When it comes to security for smaller businesses, there is a genuine fear that if the company’s servers are hacked, data can be used maliciously. Most people back-up their data and believe that all will then be safe for them. This can be equated to someone having a sick child and after administering medicine, assuming the fever is gone forever. Instead, everything should be done to protect the child so that the fever doesn’t come back. Every once in a while the child should be given a checkup in order to detect any recurrence or new infection.
Most savvy businesspeople will ensure that their data is secure and one way is through the backing-up of data systems. This ensures that whenever there is a data breach, the most sensitive data will be saved and can be used on the servers again to run the business without a hitch. In the case of an outbreak of fire in the business, the servers might be fireproof as a precaution. However, even if they are, once there is enough heat in the server room, the hardware might become overheated, meaning all data will be lost in the process. With data backup, data can be retrieved from a different server and re-used, putting the business back on its feet and on track.
Like it or not, viruses are now a part of everyday life in computing. Tens of thousands have already been identified, and new ones are being created all the time. They can come in attachments to emails or downloaded files or be present on a diskette, CD, or memory stick. Even the U.S. military has fallen victim to viruses, as occurred at a military base in Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.
Some viruses take effect immediately, while others lie dormant until certain circumstances arise. Anti-virus software should be installed on servers and also in the PCs used by a business, and must be kept up-to-date. This will provide round-the-clock protection of data and can fend off attacks from hackers. Once anti-virus software has been installed, it will provide a better way of protecting the online system. In the end, the money spent in investing on anti-virus software for a small business will be worthwhile as the expenses spent on repairing the company’s image will be much higher if the system is hacked.