Protect Your Business

Companies must protect themselves against a number of risks and threats, whether online or at a physical location. In order to effectively manage and mitigate these threats, it is important to understand the various types of risk in connection with your business. Below are some helpful tips and resources that will offer a good starting point as you begin evaluating your business security needs:

Assess and Understand Your Risk

The Small Biz Cyber Planner from the Federal Communications Commission will help you to assess your risk and learn about measures you can take to protect your business, employees and customers from online attacks, data loss, and other threats. 


Technology alone will not protect your organization and its information assets—employee education and awareness is critical to help secure company and customer information, and employees’ own personal information at work. The employee section of the Small Biz Cyber Planner will provide helpful information about hiring, background checks, partner companies, access controls and security training.

Corporate Account Takeover

Corporate account takeover is a growing threat for businesses. It is the business equivalent of personal identity theft where fraudsters, often supported by professional criminal organizations, are targeting small and medium businesses to gain access to their Online Banking login credentials or remote control of their computer systems.

As a business owner, you need an understanding of how to take proactive steps and avoid, or at least minimize, most threats. Wauchula State Bank recommends following these tips to minimize your risk and to protect your business:

  • Use a dedicated computer for financial activity and Online Banking. Avoid using the same computer for e-mail or browsing the Internet
  • Apply updates (patches) to computer operating system and other software as soon as they become available
  • Ensure that anti-virus/spyware software is installed, functional and is updated with the most current version
  • Install host-based firewall software on your computers
  • Use latest versions of Internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Google Chrome with “pop-up” blockers enabled and keep patches up to date
  • Turn off your computer when not in use
  • Do not approve transactions by batching them together; be sure to review and approve each one individually
  • Review your banking transactions and statements and your credit report regularly
  • Contact your information technology provider to determine the best way to safeguard the security of your computers and networks

Call us immediately at 863-773-4151 if you believe that your Wauchula State Bank account has been compromised.

To learn more about how to protect your small business:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Internet Security Essentials for Business
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Protect Your Business Tip Sheet
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Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business from Federal Trade Commission
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Start with Security: A Guide for Business from Federal Trade Commission
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VIDEO | Start with Security from Federal Trade Commission

VIDEO | Defend Against Ransomware from Federal Trade Commission