Although there have been some high profile data breaches, businesses of all sizes are also affected by these security issues. The problem is, once a business is targeted, this can cause a lot of headaches. Not only can businesses lose revenue, they can also lose credibility if the situation escalates. Here’s a look at what businesses can do to protect against security breaches:
Know the Risks
There are considerable cyber security risks that businesses can face when it comes to cyber security and it helps to be informed as to what they are. Things like malware, viruses, ransomware, and spyware can all cause a business considerable damage. Therefore, it is important for business owners to help keep their businesses protected by educating employees. The company also should know the businesses’ points of weakness to help keep on the forefront against attacks, which will be helpful when creating a security plan.
Hackers are always looking for an easy way to access data. If a company fails to encrypt their data, it makes the cyber criminals’ jobs so much easier. Companies can make use of full disk encryption tools that are found on most operating systems. Extra caution should, however, be taken because encryption only works when users are not logged in. Along those same lines, no information should be transmitted over public WiFi networks, and all emails should be encrypted.
Store Data Properly
Most small businesses have their data stored in various locations. There is sensitive data such as personally identifiable information and credit card numbers that should not be stored randomly. Surprisingly, only a small percentage of organizations know where all their sensitive unstructured data is stored. It may be helpful for the business to assign a specific person the duty to monitor and protect the sensitive data of the business. Alternatively, a spreadsheet outlining all the sensitive data, the people responsible and their locations can be useful.
Use Layered Security
Protecting your business most often starts with measures such as having strong passwords that incorporate capital and small letters, special characters, and numbers. These passwords should never be written down and should ideally be updated at least every three months. Multi-layered security, on the other hand, will allow the access of a system only after the user verifies using a password and another factor such as a fingerprint to verify an identity. Continuous update of tools will help detect malware that may have found is way into the system.
While data breach is a major concern for most businesses today, it is something that can be prevented through proper storage of data, use of layered security, proper data encryption and understanding what risks the business faces internally and externally. Contact Roan Solutions for more information.