Whether a small business or an enterprise, when business information is on the line the organisation is at risk. IT managers can no longer afford to think their business is invisible to cybercriminals, especially as technology has reached a point where employees are potentially accessing sensitive company data on their mobile devices every day of the week. Taking the appropriate steps to protect these devices and the information they contain, while educating employees in safe internet use, is a necessity.
Regardless of the size of your business, or what platform you’re accessing company data on, a strategy is necessary to manage the security of information and people. Cybercriminals can change their tactics as quickly as technology trends change, so it’s important to be armed with the right tools to protect your data; but doing so relies on a combination of technology and policy.
Deploying a reliable and easy to manage security solution throughout your organisation on all endpoints including mobile devices is crucial. Today’s security solutions do more than just prevent viruses. They scan files regularly for unusual changes in file size, scan programs that match databases of known malware, scan suspicious email attachments and offer other warning signs.
To protect against security threats, businesses need a comprehensive endpoint security product that includes additional layers of protection including:
One of the easiest things a business can also do is enforce strong password policies. Maintaining strong passwords will help
you protect the data if a device is lost or hacked. Strong passwords have eight characters or more and use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (e.g., # $ % ! ?). Have employees change their passwords on a regular basis, at least every 90 days.
Businesses should also look to implement encryption technologies on all desktops, laptops and removable media. With encryption, confidential information is protected from unauthorised access, providing strong security for intellectual property, customer and partner data.
Protecting information is more than implementing an antivirus solution. Backup and recovery are critical components of complete information protection that keep desktops, servers and applications running smoothly in case of disruption – whether it’s a flood, an earthquake, a virus, system failure or human error.
The increase in both the sophistication and frequency of security attacks on enterprises has changed the threat landscape forever. Enterprises must now have the confidence that they are protected by a security solution that covers everything from desktops to laptops and mobile devices.