As technology evolves, so does the intel for hackers, crooks, and identity thieves—and guarding your business in cyberspace has never been more important than now.

Cyber breaches happen all the time. It seems you can’t pick up the paper without at least one industry-leading company succumbing to a breach in their system in a given week. Heck, even the 2016 Presidential Election was feared to be influenced by Russian hackers. Point is: this happens every day.

Some of the most common cyber security breaches are caused by: 

Unintended Disclosure: an employee or affiliate of a company accidentally leaks or posts information on the web containing delicate information, like details on other employees or customers.

Malware and Spyware: the bread and butter of hackers. These applications are created by the hacker with the sole purpose to damage your data, spy, or even steal your information. These applications are often embedded in downloads from a third-party over the internet.

Payment Fraud: sensitive information such as a credit card number is stolen through a payment form.

Employees: more than you might think, one bad apple could ruin the whole bunch. Deceitful employees are liable to steal sensitive information from the company using insider knowledge.

Stolen Computers or Servers 

Luckily, the experts at Max Communications are here to help! We can take a lot of the guesswork and confusion out of the subtleties and tech choices you can make for your system.

We also present this checklist of steps you can take to secure your system, with some help from IT Business Edge. But remember, securing your system requires constant vigilance and upgrades. But with the right help, you’ll leave the hackers outside your firewall. Here are some tips with a little help from SmallBusinessComputing.com:

First, take inventory of all the sensitive information stored on your company’s computers, tablets, phones (and even external drives). This information might include personal or corporate credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other delicate information.

Assess the number of devices with sensitive information stored. And next—divide and conquer. Wipe each computer clean of that information, and then store it on at least two computers (one for backup). The fewer devices with important information, the fewer chances of breach.

Encryption is a secure way to safeguard your data. Using something called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provides a secure connection for sending and receiving payment information, without a high risk of breach.

When screening for new hires, always do a background check, and be sure to get at least two references per candidate.

If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own IT guy or gal, setting up a protective firewall may be a little tricky—but alas, a great way to beef up your security. Securing your wireless internet connection is also vital to protecting your data.

Another measure of protection is to run frequent updates to your anti-virus and anti-spyware up-to-date. Most businesses already have these in place—however, they often forget to update their programs, which can lead to a variety of ways for hackers to kick in the door.

Always secure your sensitive information with a hard-to-guess password—something completely unrelated to you or your business. Changing this password on a regular basis will also ensure that your employees are aware of your security, and past employees cannot breach your system.

Locking file cabinets, using paper shredders, and outsourcing security are all additional ways you can safeguard your livelihood.