Every organisation, no matter how large or small, can fall prey to cybercriminals. Data security breaches are part of everyday life now, and while there is no way to guarantee the safety of sensitive data, there are measures you can take that will lessen your chances of becoming a victim.
- Full hard drive encryption
Even a strong password isn’t enough to stop those determined on sticking their noses where they don’t belong, which is why you should fully encrypt your hard drives.
- Regular software updates
Investing in new software isn’t going to keep your business safe if you don’t regularly update it. Again, while doing this doesn’t guarantee anything, it will go some way towards keeping your data safe – and that of your customers.
- External data storage
Unfortunately, as your business grows, remote hackers won’t be the only danger you have to deal with when it comes to information security. To protect yourself from insider threats, consider external data storage.
Unfortunately, this introduces a new set of problems in terms of data access, so be sure to always use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) cryptographic protocols when accessing your data.
- Strong firewall
Firewalls manage incoming and outgoing internet traffic, so are vital when it comes to keeping data safe.
- Secure printers
It is often forgotten how much of a data security liability printers can be. Documents that are printed and scanned are stored on them, if only temporarily, and printers are typically much easier for hackers to break into.
Therefore, you should disable wireless connections on printers, scanners and photocopiers and use wired connections, which are more secure.