When it comes to ensuring the safety of your business, it is important to begin from the inside-out, and that means starting with your internal network, partners and employees. The need for stronger security and protection plans has never been greater, with security breaches increasing between years, yet many companies fail to implement managed security services. The results include statistics such as the 780 publicized breaches in 2015 throughout the USA. And unfortunately, many of these incidences occurred from internal negligence.

If you soon hope to build your own business, keep these 5 safeguard tips in mind as you construct the framework of your company.

1. Teach your employees about secure business practices

Many times, internal negligence stems from a lack of attention, but not from malicious attitudes. Unfortunately, a 95% ballpark of security problems stems from human error, which is why there are reasons for security awareness training guides. An easy-to-follow guide, paired with training sessions, can shed light on the many avoidable practices that put your company at risk.

A few examples of negligent (and avoidable) behaviors include:
• Failing to log out of secure sites.
• Not shutting down the computer at the end of the day.
• Allowing unauthorized individuals into workspaces.

2. Unauthorize access to certain sites

Social media is quickly becoming a problem in most workplaces. In addition to distracting employees while on the job, social media platforms open your system to hackers.

True, employees can be warned about the dangers of logging into their Facebook and Twitter accounts, but slip ups occur. It may, therefore, be in the company's best interest to block access to certain sites.

3. Schedule automated back-ups

Daily, weekly or monthly backups can prevent a permanent data loss should an external or physical occurrence jeopardize your company's resources. The frequency of backups will vary according to the size of the company. Also, piggybacking off a local hard drive with a secure off-site service will protect your assets from unpreventable occurrences on-site, like natural disasters.

4. Install a firewall to prevent hacking attempts

Every company needs a firewall to prevent outsiders from accessing their files. Also, look into hiring a professional hacking company to attempt breaching the firewall, so you have an idea how secure your system is and may adjust accordingly.

5. Research a good lawyer or legal team

At the end of the day, each company needs a good attorney team. These individuals will guide you towards the best insurances to purchase, and will design ways to fix security breaches after they occur.

It is wise to arm yourself with as much information as possible. Talk to other company execs and learn how they protect themselves.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.