7 Essential Security Lessons We Can Learn
7 Essential Security Lessons We Can Learn From The 146 Million People Impacted By This Epic Security Breach
If you are anything like us, we just hate hearing about terrifying security breaches that hang personal information out in the open. It’s like Christmas morning with no batteries for your toddler’s new toy. These scenarios remind us just how important a little forward thinking truly can be to keep things kosher.
Equifax breach! That’s right, we said Equifax. Can you believe it? And, the breach was possible because a single employee failed to ensure proper software fixes were implemented. Now whose fault is that? Really? Equifax, a company that employs almost ten thousand employees worldwide has just one bloke in the backroom applying software fixes for their IT? Not good.
Reassure your clients; take action now. With the massive attacks over the past few years, many clients and business owners are feeling less than par with the security measures in place to safeguard their personal information. Unfortunately, there will always be a virtual risk as long as the Internet is involved. Anything connected to the Internet like network devices, routers, cell phones, laptops, and even security cameras may be a means for attackers to infiltrate your network and play with your data. Take a proactive approach to security.
Nuggets to take away from this breach. We’d like to take this opportunity to share seven essential security lessons to help your business protect your most precious asset, your data.
- Cover your weak points. Do you have a firewall and is it up-to-date? If you aren’t sure, ask the appropriate party or request a network assessment to see the current state of your affairs. There is nothing like letting your security devices become out of date to give you a wakeup call. Firewalls need maintenance and licensing renewals to stay abreast of current
- Secure your valuable equipment. Take time to create a standard operating procedure for your employees to follow. Make sure they know to lock their computers if they are not actively working on them. Require all business devices to be secured with antivirus and antispyware software. In addition, set expectations upfront that all employees are required to keep their devices updated or bring them into the office for regular maintenance.
- Use a password manager. We’re not in the 90’s people. There isn’t one login for all the workers to share. We all have between 10 and 100 passwords or more to juggle our personal and business lives. Don’t keep a book, paper under your keyboard, or contacts in your phone with user names and passwords. It’s time to implement a secure password manager. Multi-factor authentication requirements can be an additional layer of security too.
- Control who does what. Every business has some sort of hierarchy. Only open up your network completely to authorized personnel. Employees should only have access to the specific data they need to be successful in their job. Also, make sure employees seek permission before installing new resources for your organization.
- Make backups a routine. All businesses have sensitive data. Even if you’re not storing medical records,
imagine trying to operate your company with incomplete records restored from some historical date. We can’t even pin our hats on knowing what we ate for breakfast a few weeks ago, we’d be amazed if you could pinpoint every change between your backup from last week and today.
- Keep those scrooges from peeking in on your network. Encrypt your stuff! If you don’t know how or if there is any encryption going on in your office, now is the time to find out. Encryption is pretty common these days. Layering encryption over the top of your standard passwords will help keep your sensitive data from falling into the hands of villains.
- Create, maintain, and update a standard for security. Security should never be a one-man show. Everyone is involved in keeping your organization secure. Create an IT security policy that shows the proper steps and procedures to keep your company data safe. Everyone needs to know what is expected for things to run smoothly.
Have questions? Give us a call. We offer a FREE Network Assessment to help you see the in’s and out’s of your network. We will even suggest ways to help you tighten up on security and keep your company safe.
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