- Change isn’t that scary. Implementing a change in your document and information management process may seem scary. It’s not. When you choose an experienced records management company, you’ll receive help locating cost-saving applications and analyzing the complexities of an effective document management strategy.
- You’re in control. You may be worried that handing over your document management to another company means that you lose control. This isn’t necessarily the case. Be sure to find a records management company that offers flexibility, accessibility and custom solutions to your business needs.
- Remove privacy risks. When you manage your records in-house, there’s a lot of movement of information. This can increase the likelihood of lost documents and privacy risks. Outsourcing your records management will leave you with peace of mind that your confidential documents are safe and secure.
- Streamline your physical document system. Most companies and organizations produce a large amount of paper documents, and if an efficient filing and storage system isn’t in place, proper retrieval will be difficult to achieve. When you use a document management service, you’ll have full access to all of your well-organized records, and can retrieve them when needed, instead of cluttering your office with physical documents.
- Keep your focus on your business. When you outsource your records management, you receive key insights from your provider into the latest technology in the industry. As your business grows, so will your time and energy, allowing you to be competitive in your market.
- Old technology meets new. Many business transactions today are still documented via paper documents. While you may prefer to record your business transactions on paper, it’s important to have them backed up digitally. Your document management provider should offer services such as scanning and digitally archiving your records. This will allow you instant access to all of your documents through your computer.
Do you manage all of your documents in-house? Perhaps you’ve considered outsourcing your document management in the past, but haven’t gotten around to it. You may feel uncomfortable trusting another company with your important records, but it’s time to put aside your worries and consider why outsourcing your document management could be the best decision for your business.
Information security is an ongoing challenge in every organization. How do you keep cyber criminals from gaining access to unauthorized business data? The key to unlocking this compounding and progressing question is your employees. Your employees are your top brand advocates, so why shouldn’t they also be your first wall of protection when it comes to securing your business data? If this is the case, it’s important to prepare and provide them with the necessary tools of defense. Here are three ways to engage your employees in protecting business data.
1. Have a policy for document and device security
There should be a culture of protecting confidential information in your organization, where every employee understands the importance to not leave important documents and devices unattended. Laptops, mobile devices and sensitive documents should remain in the possession of employees at all times or secured in storage to prevent theft of data.
2. Forbid repeated passwords
People are often under the assumption that their password is so strong, no cyber criminal will ever hack it. They take it a step further and believe it’s safe to use the same password for both business and personal platforms. Criminals can and will guess your password, and if the same password is repeated across multiple personal and business accounts, they have access to all of those applications. A strong password is the cornerstone to business data security, and a unique password should be used for different business applications. Require your employees to use a combination of numbers, symbols and capitalized characters in their passwords, and implement a policy that requires a password change every few months.
3. Educate your employees about the dangers of phishing scams.
Phishing scams are more common today than ever before. Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting businesses with phishing scams because they know many employees will take the bait. This issue comes down to a core rationale—lack of education. Consider holding quarterly meetings with your employees to educate them about phishing scams and how to avoid the dangers of the attacks. Suspicious emails and bogus website links are signs of phishing attacks, and should be quickly identified and reported to your organization’s IT and/or HR department. Educate your employees to avoid opening suspicious emails and clicking on unfamiliar links and attachments in emails.
Your employees are the most important assets to your organization. Ensure they are well equipped with business data security and well educated on the importance of protecting personal and business data. An organization with engaged employees will lead to an organization with secure and protected data. R4 Services provides secure and accurate document storage for businesses in the Chicago area. Click here to learn more.