Protect Your Company From a Data Breach
Five Ways You Can Protect Your Company from Hackers
Let’s face it, in today’s digital age, security breaches are unavoidable. We’re storing more credit card information, social security numbers, personal data, customer data, and other financial information than ever before. Plus, with cloud and premise storage becoming more affordable, we don’t give a second thought about adding sensitive information to these databases. So, how do we protect our customer’s information and ourselves? It’s not like we (the business owners and managers), can stop growing. How do we protect our customer’s from hackers?
Most security measures that companies are taking are adequate at best. Usually, these measures lack in sophistication to the threats we’re all presented with. Have you ever stopped to think what might happen if one of your customer’s information is compromised? In addition to putting your customer’s safety and financials at risk, you’re putting your own business at risk too. Your information can and will be comprised, your reputation will be botched, and your business will be in a substantial amount of legal trouble. Don’t let that happen! Take these five steps to start protecting and securing your customer’s and company’s data.
- Invest into and store all sensitive data in an encrypted database.
- Update all passwords to a unique, “strong multi-level” combination. Change these passwords frequently.
- Physically secure your servers and communication equipment. Limit access and only allow authorized individuals to enter.
- Regularly update and monitor your firewalls and servers, ensuring that they’re current with patches and threat protection. Servers, desktops, and laptops need to have virus and malware protection installed and running.
- Develop a disaster recovery plan that includes the testing of backup systems on a regular basis. By doing so, you’ll be prepared for an actual breach.
Data breaches are happening daily. Following these suggestions will help secure your database, but won’t protect you and your customers from everything…. Hackers are smart and will try anything to gain access. Conduct further research on data security and talk to us to evaluate what other security measures should be taken. Want to schedule a complimentary security audit for your business? Contact us at (800) 786-0288, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.