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Useful Security Tips for Business

Business Security Tips

IT security is currently a hot topic, with businesses heavily investing in ways to make their systems and data more secure. This is especially prevalent after the GDPR regulations came into play last May. But where do you start?

Security can be quite daunting for a lot of businesses, especially with the abundance of cyber threats out there. Unless you have the skills in-house to provide adequate protection, minimising risk can be a difficult task and not one you want to take lightly.

Here are some useful security tips that every business should know.

  1. Think secure

Make security a company-wide mindset where staff exercise care when working with systems and data. Under GDPR, staff are required to keep PII (personally identifiable information) secure and adequately stored. Staff must also understand the importance of destroying information if clients request this, and the penalties businesses can face if information is shared.

  1. Use passwords

Password protect all your systems and software with secure passwords and change these regularly. Only give passwords to staff who need them and never openly show password data in your literature. Encrypt the data in passwords so that this is not visible when passwords are typed in and avoid saving passwords if you can.

  1. Back up data

Back up your data daily onto an external drive like a NAS drive. Computer hardware can and does fail and when it does, data is lost. Data can also be stolen and has in the past been used to threaten or blackmail companies. Data is extremely important in any business and must be looked after. If you back this up, then data can easily be restored if this is lost, damaged or destroyed.

  1. Outsource

Remaining vigilant is key. If you can’t spot the signs of a hack or attack, you are best off employing a reputable IT managed services company, who can monitor your systems, diagnose and fix security issues and patch system updates remotely.

  1. Two factor authentication

This is not essential but two-factor authentication (2FA) adds a double layer of security, which is much harder for hackers to break through. 2FA is a two-level process for individuals to access a system with a combination of information, such as something they know, something they have,something they are.

  1. Restricted access

Think about who you want to have access to your systems and whether some staff or departments should be restricted. Data should be on a need-to-know basis. Restricting access is especially important for former members of staff who could pose a security risk.

  1. Use secure networks

It goes without saying, but if you access sensitive data over unsecured networks, you could be compromising the safety and security of your company’s systems or data. An example of this is downloading customer data on a public wifi network.

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