Businesses of all sizes are increasingly reliant upon technology, making the consequences of a potential security breach serious.
In fact, a Gartner study found that 90 percent of companies suffering from a major data loss close their doors within two years…
… yet 80 percent of business owners have no current plans in place to protect their data.
This fact leaves companies asking, “What can we do to safeguard our business and mitigate risk?”.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO BOOST YOUR COMPANY’S SECURITY:
Start with the basics. Ensure that all devices that connect to your network use strong passwords. This is basic, but critically important to your overall security strategy. Passwords should be changed frequently, and all devices should have antivirus software installed to minimize the risk of intrusion.
Keep security up to date. Software updates can fix critical security issues, but when left unmanaged, systems become vulnerable. For example, your current software may have security patches available that close gaps in current security issues. By taking advantage of these updates, you can reduce risk to your company.
Secure your endpoints. An endpoint is anything that can connect into your network. For example, an endpoint may include a server or a USB drive. These days, an increasing number of portable devices put your data at risk. Conduct a vulnerability assessment and create corporate compliance that dictates the acceptable uses of these endpoints.
Create a policy regarding personal devices. The trend of “bring your own device” in the workplace is growing. In fact, according to Microsoft, 67 percent of workers already use personal devices in the workplace. To manage this trend, specify what devices are permitted in the workplace, and develop security processes for these devices.
Use encrypted email. Encrypted email is the process of using cryptographic keys (one public and one private) to prevent critical data from falling into unauthorized hands. Some solutions also have the ability to recall outside email, which adds additional security.
Get expert help. If you are uncertain about the security of your company’s IT infrastructure, seek outside help for advice. The upfront investment is worth the potential long-term savings and minimized security risk.
Do you have questions? If so, we can help. For more information, please contact CMIT Solutions of Stamford at 203-595-9091 today.