For workers at businesses of any size, the line between office hours and time spent at home is blurring all the time, thanks to mobile technology which allows them to keep tabs on work projects from just about anywhere. However, that can pose a unique problem for smaller companies in particular when it comes to protecting their most sensitive data.
One of the biggest challenges now facing many small business owners is making sure the security of the important information they protect, such as personal or financial details on employees, customers, clients, or the company itself. With employees taking work emails and other such documents with them everywhere on their mobile devices, that can significantly increase the chances that the data could be exposed in some way, whether it’s through a phone going missing, a mishandling of that data, or a laptop being hacked. That, in turn, will significantly increase the ways in which a company is exposed to potential problems. Many businesses have been struggling to figure out a way to properly handle these new realities, because it may be difficult or even impossible to prevent people from taking their work home with them.
Is there another way?
On the other hand, there are a number of apps that can allow businesses controlling such sensitive data to make sure that if a phone or other kind of mobile device is lost or stolen, that information isn’t put at too great a risk, according to a report from Investment News. These apps allow companies to remotely wipe all the sensitive data from a handset that’s reported missing, and if it’s found later (as a result of having been misplaced, for example), they can simply replace it with one simple step. This can also be used in the event that an employee leaves the company for any reason.
Of course, it might also be wise for companies worried about the risk of a data breach to think about the ways in which there might be small business insurance policies that can help to safeguard them financially from such an incident. Tech insurance can help to defray some of the many costs companies can face as a result of these incidents, which would normally run into tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, and potentially become ruinous to even a successful small business.