The digital hackers from two decades ago often hacked into computer networks for the simple satisfaction of showing off. Today’s hackers do it for the same reason as traditional thieves do – to take something that is not theirs. Remember that security is only part of protection. It is essential that you also execute a backup strategy for your business. Security is excellent for keeping hackers away but if your data is corrupted or lost, you need to find a way to recover it, and you can only recover it if it is backed up. Here are some simple things you can do to protect your business’ data:
Perform a security audit
If you do not know what parts of your business are most vulnerable, then you can’t suitably secure it. It is crucial that you work with a professional to audit your entire IT infrastructure from computers to networks to mobile devices so that you know what you need to do to prevent hackers from gaining access.
Use strong and varying passwords
Too many people use simple passwords that are easy for hackers to guess. With complex passwords, a simple dictionary attack, which is an attack where a hacker uses an automated tool that combines dictionary words and numbers to crack passwords, doesn’t work. Don’t write passwords down; instead, try to memorize them.
Encrypt your data
Encryption is an excellent security tool to use if your information is stolen. If your hard disk is stolen or your USB thumb drive gets lost, whoever accesses the data will not be able to read it if it is encrypted.
Security is essential, but if your data is not backed up, you will inevitably lose it. Ensure your data is backed up properly, and test it to ensure that your data can be recovered when you need it. It’s one thing to ask your employees to work securely, but you must also have clear policies in place for them to follow so that they are working in a secure environment. For example, insist that all laptop computers connected to your corporate network have security software. Mandate that absolutely no security information is ever to be given out on the phone. Policies like that help ensure that workers are doing their part to be security aware.
Implement multiple security technology solutions
Viruses that can corrupt your data are not your business’ only security threat. Hackers’ attacks are more advanced than ever. It is crucial to have multiple layers of protection on all your different devices including desktop computers, mobile devices, file servers, mail servers and your network endpoint to completely secure your data. Multiple points of security will block attacks on your network and alert you to an issue, allowing you or your IT expert can decide on the fitting response.
Securing your business’s data is a convoluted undertaking that takes experience and complex skills. Nevertheless, you can implement practical and simple solutions like these to ensure your business infrastructure is not worth hacking into. Contact Micro Computer Consulting to see how we can provide cyber safety for your enterprise.