It is an unfortunate truth about using the internet that hackers and data thieves are out there. In today’s world, you can never be too careful with your cybersecurity. According to a recent survey, 37 percent of British businesses don’t have a cybersecurity plan—despite the fact that half of all fraud cases in Britain were cyber-related. You owe it to your business and your customers to make sure that your internet security is as strong as possible. Here are three tips to make sure this is the case.

Install Security Packages on All Devices

Every device that accesses the internet, whether it’s a computer or smartphone, must have an appropriate security package in order to protect it from external threats and attempts at data breaches. These packages can take many forms, but having up-to-date anti-virus software is absolutely vital for ensuring that your device is protected. These programs not only scan for problems, but they can stop active threats from corrupting your devices.

Make Sure Your IT Staff is Qualified

When you hire an information technology team, it’s not enough for them to say they are good with computers or act like they know what they are doing. You have to make sure that they are qualified experts who have the right degrees and certifications. Degrees with an Information Systems Security emphasis can be especially helpful in this field. Furthermore, it’s always worth inquiring about the sort of ongoing training the team you hire has undergone. A degree in Information Systems Security from 1990 won’t do any good if the team in question hasn’t had real professional development in the ensuing years.

Stay Up to Date

Do you know those annoying messages from your computer that tell you it’s going to restart by the end of the day for a critical security update? Don’t ignore them! Those updates are to patch security flaws found by your computer. They are critically needed in order to ensure that your computer is constantly up-to-date against hackers who want to break into your computer and steal your data. You should also make sure you are regularly updating your security measures for your website, and your other IT components of your business. Without the updates, they are vulnerable to a data breach, which could cause some serious issues.

With new technology comes new ways to hack it. Since cybersecurity crimes are on the rise, it is more important than ever that you do everything you can to ensure that you are protecting customers’ data and your bottom line. At a bare minimum, you should be following the tips above in order to protect yourself and your business.