Before the technology boom, we had filing cabinets and papers. Today, we have hard drives, software and the Cloud. While these technologies have helped commercial enterprises improve their flow of operations, it’s also given birth to new challenges, such as hackers, malware, and changing consumer behavior. Technology is definitely a great development, but it also can be susceptible to a lot of dangers and hackers. That is why it is essential for you to do all that you can to protect your business and your employees.
Be Alert and Know your Weak Points
Every company has weak points, whether it’s their revenue model or their market reach. It’s important to determine what your company’s weak points are, and focus your efforts and resources on fortifying these weak points. You can even hire professionals to come in and try to hack your system so that you can find out where you are likely in danger and how to fix it.
Educate and Enforce
A company is defined by its collective sum. Having top notch systems and firewalls that would lock out hackers would not mean anything if employees are not informed about what they are doing to jeopardize the security of the company and what actions to take in such eventuality. There should also be a plan on how the company in general plans to protect their physical and digital assets. There should be things like anti-phishing training for employees so that they can know the difference between legit and fake information or emails, so they can better educate customers when necessary.
Roles, Permissions, and Passwords
In every organization there are different levels of clearance. An employee in level 1 should not be able to access information that needs a level 3 clearance, and someone in the HR department shouldn’t be able to get information from the accounting department. It is essential for you to make sure that every department has just the right amount of clearance to be able to do what they need to do. That way you can make sure all other information is kept private.
A company should have additional security measures on top of the ones that comes with the software being used and company USB drives should be used for file sharing to avoid things from being installed or a backdoor created just from inserting personal USB drives in the company computer.
Big companies, like telecommunication, hire hackers to find weakness in their firewalls. In other words, a company should not sit around and wait for a security breach. Hiring an IT expert to constantly work on and update your IT infrastructure is a smart investment and insurance policy for your company’s future.
Be vigilant and think steps ahead. Evolve and make changes because technology is ever changing and we need to remain updated. We find that by doing this, customers and investor feel safer to patronize a business that knows how to protect itself because it only means that they are capable of protecting other people’s interest.