Every organization leverages data in different ways to make informed business decisions, and they should protect this data. With all the data organizations are collecting, the importance of security is at an all time high. There are two questions that organizations should be asking themselves when it comes to security.
- What solutions do we have in place to keep our data protected?
- What would we do if we were the victim of a cybercrime?
If you don’t know the answer to either of those questions its time to get prepared. According to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) most attacks are opportunistic and target not the wealthy or the famous but the unprepared.
Lets talk about what types of measures to implement to protect your organization’s data.
Implement layered security
Think of your security as a layered approach. First, is your network security. As a basis, you should implement a firewall. At SupportMyMac we use Sonicwall firewalls. A basic firewall is designed to block any unauthorized access to your network. Depending on your organization’s security needs there are a variety of layers of added security within the firewall.
The next step is to protect your endpoints. Endpoints include your employees’ desktops, laptops and mobile devices. This is where your team stores most of the files and data. Many solutions monitor your firewall and endpoint security to spot problems quickly. For more information on the different layers of security you could implement within your organization be sure to check out our Managed Security solutions.
Keep up with updates
Software manufacturers send out updates for good reasons. They often aim to improve functionality and fix security problems. Many security monitoring systems send out notifications when there is a new upgrade available. Make sure you schedule the time to do these.
Train employees well
According to Verizon’s Dara Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), 17% of data breaches were made by human error. This could include things like employees failing to shred confidential information, sending emails to the wrong person or clicking on phishing emails.
It is important to implement proper training and procedures so that your employees stay educated and up-to-date on recent cybersecurity trends.
Limit employee access to data
Many organizations set up their file sharing systems so that upper level management can control which folders their employees can access. For example, management can be granted access to specific folders while the marketing and sales team is given access to others.
If you fall victim of a cybercrime even with a variety of security tactics in-place, the most important thing is that your data has been backed-up. This way, if you were to lose your data you know that you have a copy of it elsewhere. We covered this in more detail in our post about key practices for an integrated backup strategy.
If you questions or concerns about how to best protect your organization’s data, be sure to connect with us below.