How to Secure Your Business’ Data

Whether it’s occurring at the newest start-up at the block or a huge corporation, data theft and web threats can cause massive destruction to a business’ daily operations. Without proper procedures and security in place, businesses become vulnerable to the consequences of such attacks, which are often frustrating and irreparable at times.

As damaging as these threats can be, they are easily avoidable if the right safeguards are in place. If you want to safeguard business continuity, invest in the proper business data protection methods.

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To help you move in the right direction, here are some tips for your business to use in securing its data.

1.      Come up with a Strategy

Instead of having vague ideas of procedures and policies, develop a formal IT security strategy that is as exhaustive and detailed as possible. It must lay ways to protect the business’ data and outline the next course of action in the event of a breach.

Coming up with an incident-response strategy ensures that you are a step ahead if your business’ resources and data are compromised.

2.      Protect Against Malware

Defend your business’ data from threats by securing your computers and networks against malware. Malicious software can cause massive data destruction, and malware can infest your unprotected computers and networks without your knowledge.

Use firewall protection in all your routers as a first-line do defend your networks. Also, install sophisticated security software in your computers to help you deal with suspect websites, identity thefts, and hacking. You should also keep your emails clean by using an antispam software to protect you from unwanted emails that can distract your employees and create risks.

3.      Secure Your Wireless Data

Hackers are usually on the lookout for wireless business networks. Therefore, strengthen your router by using a strong encryption setting and turn off its broadcasting function to make it invincible. Hackers can’t hack what they cannot see.

4.      Protect Your Passwords

As simple as they look, you can optimize them to fortify your data. They might be hard to remember, but the more complex your password is, the more protection it provides.

Ensure that your passwords have at least eight characters with embedded numbers and non-standard symbols so that they become hard to guess. It would help if you also changed them frequently.

5.      Have Automatic Software Updates

Hackers often scan a network to see the software version that it’s running on and see if it has any vulnerabilities that they can exploit. Older software versions are usually very vulnerable. Update your operating systems, security setting, and other vital software to avoid falling prey to hackers.

6.      Dispose of Your Data Properly

Having the right disposal measures of your business data is a critical factor in minimizing the risk of a security breach. Come up with secure document destruction methods that ensure that all the data in your reused and retired storage media and documents are disposed of securely and does not leave any trace.

7.      Educate Your Staff

Ensure that all your employees understand your security policies. You can do this when they are onboarding or hold bi-annual refresher courses.

Phillip Neho

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