The best methods for protecting business data are the same methods you use to protect your physical space. While technology is the foundation of businesses and will continue to be an essential part of the way we deliver goods and services, it should also be treated like the asset it is. From our accounting systems to our customer database, we rely on technology and the ease of completing daily tasks that it offers us and losing any of it or the ability to access it would be catastrophic to that business.
What would you do if you have a break-in to your building?
Many of us would buy better locks, ensure our organization was protected in other ways, or maybe even invest in an alarm system. Many small and midsize companies understand the importance of having all these measures in place to make sure the contents of their spaces are safe but what about the important stuff that is needed to run the day to day operations?
Preventing data theft should rank right up there with having sufficient security on your physical location. Unfortunately, most business doesn’t know where to start and many assume they don’t have the funds to buy the products needed to protect themselves. The consequences of keeping information out of the wrong hands can be more significant than just having to pay a ransomware threat or the time and resources it will take to clean IT infrastructures. A business’s reputation could be on the line along with legal penalties, and other monetary implications. Many companies simply do not recover from these situations.
You do not have to be one of these organizations though. Working with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) has benefits that can bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and solutions on how to keep IT systems safe. While no plan is 100% fail-proof, the most effective method is using a layered security approach, which has been shown to efficiently manage IT resources.
A layered approach includes the following suggestions
- Restrict access to your data – not everyone in the company needs to see all the files
- Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date – viruses, spyware, ransomware, and other malware can all be a potential risk.
- Password protect all devices – this includes company laptops, phones, tablets, and computers
- Use only secure networks – ensure you have a decent firewall in place.
- Employee education – this cannot be stressed enough. Hackers rely on the fact that employees are unknowledgeable about cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is as vital to the health of your organization as all other security measures a business has in place to project itself. Many companies use more than one type of security measure to protect the physical location they work in but do not carry this layered approach over to their data. There are locks on all external and internal doors, security systems to monitor the space, and companies work to ensure the building is well lit at night. These precautions are important and an example of how to employ a layered approach to security to a building or actual space.
How can this thinking be carried over to best defend business data?
MicroAge IT Solutions has the answers you need for all your technology questions. We have solutions to fit every budget and can help you plan the best approach for your business. Contact us today and let’s talk tech.