Most headlines about data security feature some big fancy corporation or government entity with a major data breach. Last year 500 million records were compromised in the Marriott breach. But, what about companies like yours? Why is data security so important?
The likelihood of an attack…
It’s really not a matter of “if” you will be attacked, it’s “when”. The truth is, a vast majority of the companies that are being hacked are small to mid-sized businesses just like yours. Think about it, if your customer’s information gets leaked or used without their knowledge, can you recover? Can your clients trust you? You could lose valuable customers, an enormous amount of time and a pile of money.
Stolen data will put your clients at risk
and, as a consequence, the future of your business. Your brand reputation can take years to gain but it can only take minutes to destroy with one small data breach. Clients will quickly turn to competitors if they feel as though they cannot trust you with their information.
Take a look at these three ways to keep your company data secure.
Staying up-to-date with current technology is truly the root of all these methods. If your technology and systems are behind the times that makes it easier for hackers to get into your systems and take the information that they want. Technology changes all the time so it’s important to make sure that your systems are updated and running properly. Here are a few more great tips to secure your company data:
1) Limitations to your data’s access is another important feature.
You should only allow the people that need access to your most sensitive information and the rest should be password protected at all times. Deploy a password management system as well to ensure everyone is selecting strong passwords and saving them in a safe place too.
2) Teach your employees the company rules and regulations
in order to keep your data safe. Make sure they understand how to use the company resources and the consequences of failing to follow even the simplest policies, like log out of their systems when they aren’t using them.
3) Implement a security plan
and 24/7 monitoring on your systems to detect any sort of breach and ensure that your data is always safe. Things like firewall, antivirus, and antispam programs can help you lock down your network.
Are you ready for an attack? One of the best ways to find vulnerabilities is to hack yourself, or the next best thing, have an IT professional come in and run a full network security check. This type of scan will help you identify vulnerabilities and show you just what to improve to better protect your business, your network, and ultimately your clients.