Though having a fully dedicated legal team and IT and security team on your staff is the ideal situation, most businesses cannot afford that. It costs a lot to keep all those talented people on staff, and until your business grows big enough they aren’t all that necessary either. There are many tips, tricks, and programs you can use to improve the security of your business on a budget, and where those fail, outsourcing is the way to go.

These four tips are all that you need to get started, though you will always want to evaluate your needs and growth to make adjustments in the future.

Use Secure Software

Businesses are digital today, and because of that the good old lock and key are essentially useless when it comes to protecting your business. You will instead need to look to alternative solutions, which in today’s world means the right software that has put security and even legal protection at the heart of all that it does.

From your cloud account, all the way to your virtual deal room, you should be able to limit access, add watermarks, password protect, and of course, encrypt documents and information. If they allow you to customize the dashboard and how you use the software even further, then perfect.

Train Your Staff on Digital Security

Your staff is the biggest weakness your business will have, so train them. Pay for them to go through regular digital security sessions and, ideally, also pay for a password encryption account so that they can use very complex passwords for everything while only needing to remember one.

By training your staff, you can reduce the risk that they’ll be silly at home and click a suspicious link, only to then bring that virus to your workplace. You can protect yourself by protecting them. It’s better for your business and will ensure they are more loyal to you.

Optimize Your Security Settings

Security settings can do a lot to protect your business, but most won’t go through the effort to actually use them to their fullest. You must go through and optimize your security settings. Often this will mean setting user-profiles and access rights per person. It could also include encryption rules and automation settings. Only when you fully go through all the options can you best secure your business. This applies to everything, including cloud-based applications. Though the software you use will have a team of security specialists on their end, they can do nothing if a hacker steals one of your employees’ passwords and uses it to access your entirely unrestricted account.

Know When to Outsource Your IT and Security

You won’t need an IT and security team 24/7 with the right tools at your disposal, but you will need them. That is why it is important to hire security services from an outsourced team. They can lead any security audits you need, can work to fix weaknesses, and can even be the first-response solution if you do experience a hack.

These 4 budget-friendly tips will help you get started with improving the security of your business.