It does not matter what sort of business you run, whether you host a dating website or you have a financial services firm, online security is something you need to be concerned about. In today’s digital world, there are so many threats that businesses and their employees need to know about, and these threats are only growing by the day as hackers get more and more sophisticated. With that in mind, read on to discover some online security tips that all businesses need to follow…
Talk to your employees – There is only one place to begin and this is by discussing the issue of cyber security with your employees. You would be shocked by just how many breaches occur due to something an employee has done. Most of these incidents are not malicious; they happen due to a mistake. After all, if your workforce is not aware of how important cyber security is, or how to act in a secure manner, they are going to be leaving your business vulnerable.
Invest in ethical hacking – This is a service that all businesses should consider. An ethical hacker will breach your system, but not for the purpose of compromising it. They do this so they can determine if you have any vulnerabilities, so that you can patch them up before a real hacker exposes them.
Make sure all of your applications and software systems are secure – A lot of business owners make the mistake of failing to secure all of their company. You need to recognise that every appliance or software system that connects to the Internet can be breached. Everything needs to be secure: from secure faxing to secure telephone systems. You would be surprised by how many ways a hacker can breach your systems to gain access.
Make the most of multiple authentication methods – Don’t merely ask for passwords when someone is trying to access your systems. Make the most of two-factor authentication. This means that the person trying to get in needs to go through two steps to do so. A password is not enough. They may have to enter a code they have received via text, for example, or they may need to use their fingerprint or provide a piece of memorable information.
Manage the flow of data – Last but not least, you need to improve your data management. If you do not know where your data is, how are you going to protect it? Time to enforce a data policy and to look at the ways you name files and store data so that you are in a position to safeguard it more effectively.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for protecting your business from the many different online security threats that it faces today. If you follow the advice that has been provided, you can give your business the best chance of fighting away the hackers and keep your personal data secure.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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