With so much important information stored in virtual environments, it is now imperative to constantly update your company’s data protection tactics using cybersecurity.
The more shielded your business becomes from hacker and malware attacks, the less likely it is to encounter problems. Some situations can cause financial losses and also a breach of trust that the customer has with the company.
Your business could even face legal action and be forced to pay compensation to the customers or suppliers involved. So it’s always best to be ready to avoid breaches.
So, check out these 7 tips for maintaining your company’s data protection.
1. keep your software up to date to ensure your company’s data is protected
Constantly updating your software can seem like a high and constant cost.
But this is actually an important investment in cybersecurity, since outdated versions can be vulnerable to the installation of malicious programs, as happened in 2016 with machines that had versions of Windows 10 and 7 installed.
2. Pay attention to email servers
To give you an idea, at the end of 2017 alone, the Scarabransomware was sent to more than 12 million email accounts. This is one of the main entry points for this type of attack.
That’s why, in addition to having extra protections set up for your email server, it’s important to always pay attention to the type of information circulating in your messages.
In short, the ideal is to transmit as little sensitive data as possible by e-mail, whether internal or external.
3. Provide data protection training
We often invest in processes and tools and forget about people. Therefore, in order to prevent e-mail attacks, it is necessary to provide adequate training for your employees and suppliers.
In this way, they are prepared to identify malicious links and improper requests to send data that could compromise everyone’s security.
In fact, training is often the cheapest and quickest investment you can make when it comes to cybersecurity.
4. Protect the entire technological infrastructure
Today it’s not just computers and servers that carry important information about your business and customers.
That’s why it’s also important to pay attention to the protection of smartphones, tablets and any other device that could open up security breaches.
5. To Ensure Your Company’s Data Protection, Use Encryption
Sensitive data such as credit card numbers or important documents should be treated with extra concern.
By encrypting this information, it is guaranteed that external agents will not be able to read the data, even if they have managed to get to it.
6. Install Protection Barriers and Create Strong Passwords
There is no such thing as too much protection when it comes to information security. Install antivirus, firewalls and anti-spam at all the necessary points.
Also remember to create strong passwords, which should, if possible, be changed from time to time.
7. Make Backups and Have a Recovery Plan
Even if you follow all these tips, there’s no guarantee that your company won’t suffer from data loss.
That’s why it’s important to have a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan) in place.
This is a document that contains the procedures that should be taken if the company needs to recover from an IT-related problem.
And, of course, always make backups of your information so that it can be recovered more easily. To do this, use the 3-2-1 rule. In other words, create three backups, using two different media.
One of these three should be stored in a different location or even in the cloud.
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