Increased information sharing has emerged in recent years, especially through social networking and increased e-commerce business, and has increased direct attacks on the websites and network infrastructures. But what does this mean for businesses and what can they do to help prevent these attacks?
When a business is going through the process of setting up their infrastructure, they should consider what type of information, if any, they are receiving. For instance, if you have a sign up and require a password, what security measures are you taking to make sure that the password cannot be stolen? Businesses can take steps to be preventative, rather than reactive and in the end, save themselves a big headache when they are done.
But back to what is important. There are some strategies that a business can take to help counter a security problem.
Establish the importance of security from the beginning with employees.
It can be very easy to forget that an employee carries sensitive information within and outside the workplace. It should be emphasized from the beginning of hire that this sensitive information should always be protected. As an employer, you can take preventative measures to ensure that this is followed by having certain websites blocked on your network, making employees choose passwords that are complex, or set an expiration on passwords where they must be renewed after a certain time.
Have a strong network.
One of the most important security measures you can take is have a strong network. This means you should have a proper firewall to capture bad data packets, which should be included on all employee operated equipment like computers, cellphones, tablets, etc.
One of these solutions could be establishing a virtual private network or VPN. This allows employees who work from home and have remote access, to remain secure. A VPN would protect your data through encryption and tunnel protocols. VPN’s provide that integrity of security needed with sensitive data.
Train your employees.
As an employer, you should take the time to invest into your employees and this should include the importance of security. Take the time to make sure an employee knows how to recognize a phishing email or attack, why clicking on a pop up link is harmful to the company, or how to recognize a data breach.
Many times, businesses must use outside vendors to accomplish a certain goal. But what is that vendor doing to make sure that they are keeping the integrity of your data safe and secure> When onboarding a new vendor, it should be part of your protocol to look at how data is stored and their compliance with data protection regulation.
Monitor your employees.
The biggest advice my dad has ever given was no one is your friend. Employees are your employees. Some employees have access to sensitive information and it is up to you to take the protective measures to ensure that information always remains secure.
Run the occasional assessment.
On occasion, you should run a periodic assessment of where your security vulnerabilities in your network are and what you can do to rectify them. This is when you should seek an outside resource to perform this because they don’t have a bias. They would be able to clearly identify the loopholes and make recommendations to fix them.
Web security is going to be an ongoing priority in today’s world. When it comes to business’s, it not a matter of “if” an attack happens. It is now a matter of “when” will it happen. Business can take preventative measures to help ensure they do not fall victim to a hack.
Guest blogger Mary Gualtieri