In order to protect the best interests of your business and customers, it’s vitally important that you implement a series of security measures. Keeping data private and secure is a priority of any business, so we’ve compiled a list of five ways in which you can ensure that your data is kept adequately locked up. Malicious cyber-attacks can be devastating for businesses of all sizes, but they are largely preventable.
Use a Password Manager
By using a password manager like PasswordState, you can be sure that the passwords used by your employees to access accounts, and by extension private data, are as secure as they could possibly be. You can set applications like PasswordState to require any employees seeking to access the program to activate a VPN first, ensuring that any malicious and external access to the program is prevented.
Have Backups Ready to Go
No precaution is 100% effective, so it’s important to have backups available across all workloads. Make sure to test your backups- you don’t want to be caught short if your reserves are ineffective! By backing up your workloads, you’re ensuring that your business will still be able to function following flood, fire, damage or theft. Moreover, by having easily-accessible backups, you can’t be blackmailed by ransomware attacks.
Write Up a Formal Incident Response Plan
Rather than having a vague policy, business of all sizes should have a formal IT security strategy that’s as detailed as possible. It’s important to have your disaster recovery written up so you can act quickly and decisively should the need arise. Examine your current assets, evaluate your potential risk, and establish clear guidelines through which you can analyse, contain and remediate threats. It’s also wise to a procedure for a post-breach inquiry to confirm that an attack isn’t repeatable. Having a strategy in place will ensure that you’re a step ahead of any attack who may seek to exploit your business for personal gain.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication Where Possible
It’s wise to implement MFA for any application that may require a login within your business. Yet, it’s particularly important that this form of authentication is implemented where sensitive data is concerned. As a minimum, Multi-Factor Authentication should be required for admins of Microsoft, backup, and security tools.
Ensure Your Employees are Kept Up to Date
By making sure that everyone in your business understands the company security policy and its significance is vitally important, so ensure that the relevant training is built into your onboarding or training process. It’s also wise to conduct bi-annual refresher courses to ensure that all of your employees are kept up-to-date with your protocols and can confidently identify and manage any potential threats.
Are you certain that your business is adequately protected against cyber-attacks? Getting in touch with a member of the Wirehive team will put your mind at rest.