Your business’s IT infrastructure is a vital component in ensuring its success, but what would happen if that very same technology was attacked either internally or externally? Of course, it would result in a disaster; vital information like financial data, client data, etc. would be lost or corrupted or it might even get stolen. This can also destroy your reputation and cause loss of customers and revenue.
Therefore, you should take certain steps to secure the digital assets of your business. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
· Implement Security Policies
The first step in securing a business is to setup a security policy which is clear, foolproof, and strong. The policy outlines the rights of users when they access your organization’s network such as the limitations and privileges of employees. For example, the policy may restrict employees from downloading and installing risky applications or changing the network settings.
· Use a Strong Password
You may heard this before, but let’s stress this further because it is one of the key factors in determining how secure you are on the internet. Never use easy to remember passwords like birth-dates or telephone numbers; instead, use strong passwords which are lengthy and have different characters like upper and lower case characters combined.
Furthermore, such passwords should expire every 3 months, so that the complexity does not change.
· Keep Software Updated
Software and applications often have loopholes and bugs which can be exploited by hackers to gain access to your business data. To prevent this, always update your software as soon as the new update is released. For example, keep your anti-virus, drivers, firmware, operating system, etc. updated.
Firewalls prevent unauthorized access to your organization’s assets by filtering incoming and outgoing traffic and data. It prevents malware, keyloggers, viruses, etc. from gaining access to your system. A firewall also restricts hackers from trying to hack into your IT systems.
· Do a Backup
Most people backup their personal files like pictures and videos to a removable flash drive; the same must be done with your business information as well. You can utilize cloud solutions for this purpose as it is reliable, safe, and cheap. Your data will remain protected even during a natural disaster, accidental deletion or theft.
· Prevent the Installation of Third Party Software
In many organizations, employees cannot download and install software freely, but in some businesses, there’s no restriction on this and that can cause undesirable results. Hence, it’s important to educate your employees on how to differentiate between a safe website and an unsafe one.
Therefore, you should limit your employees from downloading certain types of software; even if they have to for some work, ensure that the software is from a trusted developer and publisher.
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