Are you running a business in today’s digital age? If the answer is yes, have you stopped and thought about how to keep your business data safe? With the ever-increasing number of cyberattacks, businesses of all sizes, across industries like Financial, Retail, Healthcare or Technology are at risk of having their data stolen or destroyed.
No matter what industry your business operates in, it is important to take steps to protect your organizational data. By following the tips below, you can help to keep your data safe from unauthorized access, use, or leaks.
- Have a strong password policy: A strong password is a password that is difficult to guess or crack. It is typically at least 10-12 characters long and includes a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Strong passwords are important for protecting your personal and financial information from unauthorized access. Requiring your employees to rotate passwords regularly, prohibiting the use of common passwords, Enforcing the password complexity rules and educating users about password security is very important.
- Use multi-factor authentication: Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security method that requires users to provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity before being granted access to a system or application. MFA adds an extra layer of security to traditional password-based authentication by requiring users to provide something they know (password) and something they have (phone, security key). There are two main types of MFA, the most popular option is Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) which uses a time based algorithm to generate a new password every few seconds to be entered in the application and the other type is Out-of-Band (OOB) which sends a notification to the user’s device. You should implement either software based TOTP or OOB MFA options based on the budget of your organization. MFA makes it much more difficult for attackers to gain access to systems or applications.
- Educate & empower your employees about cybersecurity: Employees should be educated about keeping their software and OS up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help to protect your systems from known vulnerabilities. If they use public or Home Wi-Fi often, ensure that they use a strong password and avoid entering any sensitive information. You should also invest in a good firewall software and an antivirus / malware software to help protect your network from unauthorized access.
- Have a disaster recovery plan in place: A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is a document that describes how an organization will recover from a disaster. A disaster can be anything from a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or earthquake, to a man-made disaster, such as a fire or cyberattack. A DRP should include the list of critical systems and data,recovery plan for each critical system and data, communication and testing plan.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your business or organization data safe. Remember keeping data safe is the responsibility of every individual of the organization.
As a Professional-Grade Managed Service Provider, Southeast Regional Technology Group offers various Cyber Security Services to safeguard organizations and your data from a cyberattack – threats like malware, ransomware, email, phishing or other cybercrimes. Our suite of services includes
- Data Backup and Recovery: You’ve worked too hard to accrue all the data your company uses to perform its daily tasks. Ensure only you can access it whenever it’s needed with this great solution.
- IT Physical Security: Protecting your place of business is just as important as protecting your home. Get the best in workplace security to keep your office safe from theft, vandalism, natural disasters and more.
- Firewall Network Security: The first line of technology defense for every business. This solution helps mitigate threats to your network and is connected to a regularly updated database to stay on top of new threats.
- Compliance Management: GDPR, CAN-SPAM, PCI DSS, SOX? There’s a lot of international government regulations your business must adhere to under penalty of law. Allow us to make sure you’re always up to date.
- Security Risk Assessment: Cybercriminals are very smart. Each day, they try to find weaknesses in your network to steal your data and profit from your hard work. Our expert team will go in and find your weaknesses before they do.
Call us today to talk to our experts at (706) 230-5208 and take the step to make your organization secure.