Trusting employees too soon
Most small businesses have records that could be extremely valuable to anyone willing to commit identity fraud. Criminals know this, and the personal information of your customers could be worth more than an employee's yearly salary.
Just because you trust someone enough to hire them doesn't mean that you should give them an all-access pass to your networks. Work with your tech guys to set up layered access to your company's records. People should only be able to see what they need to do their job.
Even something as simple as making your employees use Standard computer accounts keeps them from slipping data-stealing software onto your network or accidentally downloading it. Click here to learn how to set up a standard account.
Similarly, if an employee's job demands that they always have access to your customers' sensitive information, then always do your due diligence. Background checks aren't expensive, and I've already written about many great options. Click here to learn your background check options.
Your employees won't be offended if you explain your reasoning for giving them limited access or requesting a background check before revealing customer information to them.