The loss of sensitive data can be an insurmountable catastrophe, regardless of the size of your business. With so many potential threats, from negligence and cyber-attacks to natural disasters and simple accidents, taking steps to ensure the security of your data has never been more paramount than it is today.
Thankfully there are numerous simple ways to help drastically improve the security of your data, some which only take a few minutes to complete, and others which may help protect you from a worst-case scenario.
Encrypt Company Data
Full encryption for every company PC is no tall order, and is one of the easiest ways to set up a reliable first line of defense against an attack. Encryption is also a crucial for defending yourself from data theft and hackers who may try and access your data from the Internet. Although you can pick and choose which files to encrypt, opting for full drive encryption allows you to rest assured about every file on your system.
Every year security experts publish the most common passwords for the previous year, and year after year many of the same passwords can be found on that list. If your passwords are too easy to guess, any further security measures you take may be for nothing. Sufficiently complicated passwords generally use long, random sequences of both letters and numbers.
If you use the Windows operating system, it’s usually a good idea to set company computers to enter sleep mode after 10 or 15 minutes of inactivity. Doing so will allow you to require a password to return from inactivity, which is standard practice in many public and university libraries around the nation.
Insure Your Data
Cyber-attack insurance can cover any losses you sustain from an attack on your system, including revenue lost from hacking, system damage to viruses, security breaches, and data loss or theft. There are limitations and exclusions based on each individual policy, but there may also be no more comprehensive solution to the problem of data security.
From fires to floods, contingency planning is there to prepare you for the unimaginable. Applied to data recovery, contingency planning means having a plan for regular data backup, disaster recovery, emergency operations, and testing procedures that can help prepare your business to survive a worst case scenario. For a Free IT Review contact Waypoint today to discuss potential security issues in your infrastructure.