Regardless of the size of your company, threats to your corporate data are ever-present and can cause massive disruptions to day-to-day operations. Without the proper security and procedures in place, businesses leave themselves exposed to such attacks, which are at best frustrating and at worst disastrous.
With the right safeguards in place, risks can be minimized and so here are 5 steps you can take to protect your business.
A written plan to keep your data safe
A formal and detailed written (and printed) plan will cover your security strategy. This will include how you protect your data and network and what to do in the event of an incident. The documented plan ensures that no panic decisions are taken during a crisis that risk making matters worse. It is important to review the plan regularly and to keep it updated.
Protect your data from malware
Malware software threatens your computers and network by installing on unprotected machines. Installing a best-of-breed firewall and device protection software including anti-virus is the first line of defence, while anti-spam software will help eliminate email threats.
Use strong passwords
Use passwords with at least 16 characters and use a password generator to ensure it is as strong as possible. Password management solutions help you to protect your passwords as opposed to writing them down or saving them on your phone or computer. Where available, use two-factor authentication in order to add additional security.
Risks associated with employees personal devices
Be mindful of security risks associated with employees using their own devices and make proper provisions for employees who work remotely or use their own devices as part of their jobs. Implement a solid data destruction policy which details the protocol for each use case (computers, phones) whether these devices are being redeployed within the business or recycled at end of the life of the product.
Data safe education
Training your staff on how to handle suspicious emails, manage passwords and working remotely in a safe way should be mandatory and refresher sessions organized to include reinforcement of the policies and to review updated measures.
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