How to Keep on Top of Data Security This Year

How to Keep on Top of Data Security This Year
How to Keep on Top of Data Security This Year

The sheer amount of cyber attacks throughout the last few years has confirmed hackers are increasingly targeting data. With cyber attacks become more sophisticated and underhand, both individuals and companies must start taking their data security seriously.

No company is 100% safe from a data breach due to the creation of new hacking tactics and technologies. Find out how to keep on top of data security this year.

Develop a Cybersecurity Strategy

To protect your small or large company from a cyberthreat, it is imperative to understand that your business could fall victim to a hacking, regardless of the strength of your passwords or firewall.

Never assume a cyber attack won’t happen to you, as cybercriminals don’t discriminate when attempting to acquire data and increase their financial gain.

Cybercrime is increasing at an alarming rate, which is why you need a strict strategy in place to boost your company’s defenses.

For example, you’ll need to start by classifying data and the level of security you require to deploy to protect it. You also must ensure you have effective controls in place for your sensitive data, such as a backup solution, admin controls, and encryption.

Strengthen Docker Security

If you are one of the many businesses that have adopted docker security to deploy and manage containerized applications, you might be concerned about its security, and rightly so.

That’s because docker security is only as strong as its host, as every container will share the same operating system kernel. Unfortunately, if one host becomes compromised, every process will be vulnerable to attack.

For this reason, a company’s main priority must be to patch and update the host operating system effectively. While many security vendors provide rule-based detection to identify a compromise, they are not 100% accurate and are prone to error.

Instead, you should opt for algorithmic based automatic anomaly detection, which will not require complex, unreliable rules to effectively prevent Docker exploits.

Focus on Boosting Cybersecurity Awareness

Employee negligence is the biggest risk to your company’s cybersecurity.

For example, your staff could unwittingly:

  • Fall victim to a phishing scam
  • Unintentionally disclose sensitive data on a public network
  • Click on a malicious link that infects your network

Ensure all the above never happens to your business by attempting to increase cybersecurity awareness across the business.

To do so, you must:

  • Provide cybersecurity training to all employees
  • Introduce a strict data protection and security policy
  • Post flyers in bathrooms
  • Publish facts and statistics on the company intranet

It might also be cost-effective to hire an information security officer to host regular staff training. He or she will also be responsible for boosting a company’s awareness of the latest cybersecurity threats and preventative tactics and technologies.

Ensure Your Old Hard Drives are Unreadable

Many companies make the mistake of throwing an old computer or device in the trash once it has come to the end of its life. However, a cybercriminal can acquire much information from unwanted technology, which can pose a serious risk to your data.

Even if you have deleted every file from a computer, the data will remain on your hard drive. Protect your company by ensuring your hard drives are unreadable before you dispose of them.

Once you have backed up any critical data, you could clear your hard drive by:

  • Using software to wipe the disk clean
  • Magnetically cleaning the disk
  • Disk shredding

It will provide your business with peace of mind that your data will be both safe and secure after you throw away an old laptop or desktop.

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