5 Ways Businesses Can Improve Security
By Ryan Ayers
Security has always been an issue for businesses, but modern technology has shifted many security concerns online. The way we do business has changed-most transactions take place electronically, and we store some of our most personal information online, where it's easily accessible. Of course, this is very convenient, but it's very convenient for cybercriminals with malicious intent to access that data as well. A business's finances and reputation can be ruined by a single cyberattack, which is why it's so important to make security a priority. In order for businesses to keep both their information and their customers' information safe, cyber security needs to be one step ahead of cybercriminals.
Here are 5 ways you can improve your business's security (both digital and physical), and keep sensitive information safe.
1. Switch to Protecting Actual Data, Not Just Access
Unfortunately, a firewall just won't cut it these days when it comes to data protection. It's not enough to protect your network from intruders, you have to protect the data itself. Breaches are impossible to fully avoid, so keeping your business's most sensitive information additionally protected is a good way to reduce the impact of a potential breach. Using unique cryptography for different portions of important data will keep hackers from being able to access everything in the event of a breach. It's an extra step, but it's worth it if it keeps your data safe.
2. Two-Factor Authentication
You may have been encouraged to set up two-factor authentication for your personal accounts, and you should definitely think about requiring it for your business. Two-factor authentication means that in order to sign in on a new device, all authorized parties will have to take an additional step to verify your identity. That might mean a code texted to your phone, or an email sent to your primary email address. This adds another layer of protection against cybercriminals looking for an easy mark.
3. Choose an Improved Security System
Most talk in security concerns cyber security, because it is an enormous threat to businesses today. However, you can't neglect physical security either-old-fashioned criminals are still out there, after all. High-level security cameras give you the most detail possible, which can help law enforcement take appropriate action should an incident occur. You should also install an alarm system with motion sensors that will trigger when an intruder enters the premises. They should be placed on doors and windows that could be used to gain entry, in order to cover all your bases.
4. Disk Encryption
A great way to protect your business's computers on both a digital and physical level, disk encryption doesn't have to be difficult to set up. Encryption codes information to make it unreadable unless you have the key to decrypt it, which can mean a password or other identification. Using disk encryption software like BitLocker or FileVault, you can easily encrypt the hard drive on your computer, making the data inaccessible to both hackers and anyone who steals the physical computer. Of course, this is just another reason to keep backups of important data safe in case of theft.
5. Prioritize Protection
It may not be logical, but unfortunately, many companies wait until an attack has happened-either a break-in or a cyberattack-to start really caring about protecting their assets. Don't let this complacency threaten your business. Pay attention to the latest developments in cyber security, and make sure everything is up to date, including anti-virus software. Be on the lookout for spyware, and educate everyone about cyber security risks and the consequences of a breach. Have a plan for reacting to a breach, should one occur, and never let down your guard when it comes to security-businesses of all sizes are routinely targeted by criminals.
Responding to a Breach or Break-In
Doing everything you can to shore up physical and digital security is a must, but you won't be able to protect your business from every attack. Because of this, it's important to have a plan of action for reacting to a breach or break-in, should one occur. What you do in those first hours after discovering an attack is crucial-and can mean the difference between great losses and a swift recovery. Stay alert, and always be aware of threats to your business-they're always going to be out there.