We’ve heard from many reports that most of the data breaches that compromise important information is because of human error. In the “connected world” it is easy for your staff to be comfortable trusting technology and not really considering the risks lurking all the time.
Many of our clients are interested in steps to help secure their network and protect customer information. This can easily be done by implementing a culture of security and helping your staff become aware of the threats and most common things that cause problems.
For example, make it part of your policy to have the following in your policies and procedures:
Create a password policy, enable complexity and turn on two factor authentication where available.
Make sure your staff locks the computer screen when they step away from their computer for more than 5 seconds. It doesn’t take long for someone to compromise a system that is not locked.
Lock down the company computers to prevent staff from installing junkware and games. A lot of vulnerabilities are introduced into companies by innocent looking games and apps. Have a clear policy that restricts your staff from this threat.
Your data has to be split by who needs access to it. Your CEO needs access to data that the warehouse team does not. Your CFO needs access to data that the teller does not need. Review permissions at least once a year and change the folder permissions as needed.
Certain industries handle company information through mobile devices. There are ways to protect this information by using mobile device management tools with selective delete capabilities. These tools allow you to secure your company information that is accessed by staff personal mobile devices.
Create a training plan and stick to it. Your staff will help protect your data as much as you invest in their training. Make it fun and engaging!
These simple steps can save your company from a hacker, virus or other threats. If you are interested in learning how we can help you secure the basic needs of your organization, call us at 512-336-2970 x102 for more information. It may be worth a 5 minute conversation to help you gain your sanity and peace of mind.
Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients come from every industry in Central Texas.
Luis is a certified HIPAA professional and is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families.