We are always committed to improving IT security for businesses, so we’ve chosen to focus on this topic this week. If you don’t want your business and your data to go into lockdown then security is a top priority.
Get a Grip on Access
It’s logical if you think about it: if threats can’t get into your system in the first place then you are well protected. No single thing will secure your system on its own, so a series of overlapping measures is needed to ensure good protection. That includes physical protection for your premises as a basic measure to ensure that your hardware and data can only be accessed by authorised personnel.
The extent of the physical security you need will depend on the sensitivity of your data, among other things. At the very least, you need a good lock on the door and, ideally, password or biometric authentication. If someone does breach your access controls, you’ll then have a record that might help narrow down the culprit.
Best Practices for Data Security
Financial data about your organization and your clients, and sensitive internal documents about your business affairs, are valuable. Data is an asset that needs to be treated with care and vigilance. There are many fronts to cover in order to boost your IT security.
Cyberattacks and data breaches are common today, and many of them depend on businesses not being properly prepared to defend against them. Educating your staff about data security risks and the way cyberattacks are perpetrated is essential. Often it’s simple human error that leaves a door open for a cybercriminal. A well-informed workforce will be less prone to security errors that can have disastrous consequences.
If you’re in a leadership role, you need to formulate and communicate clear policies on data security. Staff need to know that they are accountable, and that data protection depends on them, not just management. At Quikteks we know about how to shore up vulnerabilities, as well as the best practices needed to keep your data safe. Reach out to us for more information and help for putting effective data security measures in place.
Review Your Insurance
It’s easy to put updating your commercial property insurance on the back burner, but it’s not worth neglecting to do it. Depending on where your business is located, your physical and digital assets could be under threat. The insurance you took out a few years ago may no longer be adequate. Thefs, fire and floods can all put your data at risk, or even put your business out of action. Regular careful reviewing of your existing insurance, to make sure it’s still suitable for your IT security needs, is a must.
You can’t be properly prepared unless you know where your vulnerabilities lie. By identifying where the risks to your business and data are you will be in a stronger position. Only then can you identify priorities and design a strong IT security strategy. These might be which of your technology to upgrade most urgently, among other optimization options.
A good starting point is a thorough audit of your technology and the way it’s used. This will allow you to focus on where to start and where to invest the most time and money in implementing improvements. Data security policies should be part of such an audit, to check whether your staff are following the protocols you have in place, and whether they are effective. This forward-thinking approach is far more cost-effective than picking up the pieces after problems strike.
Outsource for Extra Support
With professional IT services providers like Quikteks you can achieve these IT security goals with minimal disruption to your productivity and day-to-day operations. Give us a call at (973) 882-4644 to find out more.