Undoubtedly, your company’s data security is of utmost importance to you. However, are you absolutely sure that your information is truly secure? After recent scares such as WannaCry and Petya, many businesses are now faced with this question. The key is knowing how to identify potential problems and areas of weakness to reduce or even eliminate threats. It is also very important to have a disaster recovery plan in place should data loss ever occur.
Here, we’ve listed some basic security measures that should be practiced:
1. Compile a Security Policy
It’s almost impossible for employers to protect themselves against security risks without fully understanding what they are and where they exist. Developing a solid Security Policy will ensure understanding and assist with prevention of security threats. Post the organization’s security policies in a visible place and/or in front of every workstation to ensure each staff member has access.
2. Educate Staff
Employees should understand what security risks are and how they can be minimized or even eliminated. Having an accessible Security Policy and making employees read and sign off on it is a good start. We also suggest periodic security training to include items such as newsletters about current threats, security workshops, and instructor-lead training sessions.
3. Install an Anti-Virus Agent
Be prepared for computer virus attacks by using the most recent version of antivirus utility programs. Guard against spyware and other intrusive programs by installing a recent version of an anti-spyware program. It is is also highly recommended to have an IT Consultant monitor your network 24/7/365.
4. Invest in a Good Firewall
If you haven’t done so already, purchase and install a firewall, which guards your network against many external security threats. Ensure that the firewall’s support is active and up-to-date to provide security against intrusions, spyware, Trojans, viruses, etc. Without a firewall in place, network security is at extreme risk.
5. Create a Disaster Recovery Plan
Every business needs a Disaster Recovery Plan. This plan outlines the actions that will be taken should a disaster strike. The plan should be tested regularly in order to see its effectiveness. It is extremely risky to not have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place given that data loss is one of the biggest threats that small businesses and corporations face.
If any of these suggestions sound overwhelming or you simply do not have the resources to meet them, it may be time to consider partnering with a dedicated IT Consulting firm to assist with these very important items.
To learn more about how UVS can help keep your data secure, call our experts at 678.374.4347 or visit us at www.UVS-IT.com.