Viruses, spam, phishing, hackers, theft and credit card fraud are just some of the security issues facing small businesses today. To learn how you can strengthen your security and protect your business from financial loss, follow the links below.
Customers should perform a periodic risk assessment of your computing environment.
Commercial online banking customers should perform a periodic risk assessment and controls evaluation on their computing network environment. At minimum this should be done on an annual cycle.
Your employees can be the strongest or weakest link in your security plan. Follow our tips to help them become your strongest security allies.
You can install firewalls on every computer, update your software and backup your data, but if your employees don't follow good security practices, your business is vulnerable to a wide range of threats. Help them understand why you have a security policy and why they should take it seriously. The security of your business rests in their hands.
Employee Security: Find Your Weak Spots
It's important to include employees when you create or modify your security plan. They'll feel part of the process and be motivated to follow and enforce your policies. They may even identify vulnerabilities you're not aware of.
Workplace Security: Keep Business Confidential
Simple steps every business should follow every day.
Computer Security: Teach them the basics
The following are the top cyber security practices from the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Guidelines for Good Passwords
Threats to watch out for
Be aware of these emerging threats from cyber thieves.
Building trust with your customers is good for your business. In fact, a recent study showed that a majority of consumers say they'd recommend a business if they were confident that business followed its security and privacy policies. Your customers want to know how their personal information will be used and protected. It's your responsibility to tell them.
Guard your customers' privacy
Creating a clear privacy notice is the first step in building customer trust. The following tips are recommended by the Better Business Bureau.
Phising: Get your company off the hook
A study commissioned by the Anti-phishing Working Group found that 90 percent of participants couldn't tell the difference between a legitimate website and a good knockoff. Why does phishing matter? Because it damages the trust customers have in your business. To protect your business' reputation, follow these tips:
Follow these important steps to help limit damage and disruption to your business.
It's vital that you have a plan in place for dealing with security incidents so you can take immediate steps to limit damage and disruption to your business. Part of your plan should include backing up important files and software programs. It'll save you time, money and allow you to keep your business running while you resolve the problem.
If fraud is associated with an HSBC account, call the number on your statement or visit the Report Fraud page for more information.
Recovering from Fraud
Take steps to secure your business systems and customer information.
Suspect fraudulent use of your HSBC account? Call the phone number on your statement.