Data security is of the utmost importance for companies, but even more so for those handling confidential or sensitive information. Such companies need to take every precaution to protect their client's information. There are a few things that can be done to ensure data remains secure.
Data Security Best Practices
Assess Current Levels of Security
What is currently in place to protect your network? Don't wait until a breach or virus to assess your security. At that point, it's too late. The best way to be proactive is to employ an outside firm to do an annual assessment and review. By knowing your weaknesses, you'll have an idea of what to develop and improve on, even if you can't implement all the changes needed right away.
The best way to start is from the outside. How do your software and technology operate? You want to focus on these things before evaluating each user device.
- Ensure that your cloud vendors are PCI compliant
- Get a business-grade firewall for your network that is supported and updated consistently
- Make sure your WiFi passwords are strong and there are encryption protocols.
- Keep guest networks separate from internal networks
- Get business-grade Anti-virus software for all PCs
- Make sure you have email defense software
- Ensure that your compliance regulations align with what your customer's need
Setup Automated Backup and Disaster Recovery
Even major institutions and Fortune 500 companies have fallen prey to vulnerabilities in their networks, which means you could too if not protected. Ask yourself these questions:
- In the event of a virus, can you recreate lost data?
- Do you run periodic tests to confirm the validity of your backups?
- Do you have local, onsite, and offsite backup?
A solid, up-to-date, automated backup and disaster recovery solution is the best way to recover from a security problem.
The cost you pay for proper security is far less than the cost you will pay for a security breach. If you are in need of a proactive IT partner, contact us today!