So much of today’s enterprise around the world is done via the internet, and the computers, phones and tablets on which we access the net come pre-packed with more and more sophisticated ways to browse and store the information we pass on.
However, as browsers and security become more complex, so too do the efforts of anyone who wishes to crack that data illegally for personal or financial gain. This list of Data Breach Trends & Stats makes for some shocking reading, so what can businesses do in order to help prevent such potentially catastrophic data losses?
Update your software (and hardware)
Your office computers may not need to be at the cutting edge of technology, but there’s no reason why they should be too far off the pace either. Software manufacturers produce their latest products to tighten prospective security loopholes around the data you store securely, which could be compromised if not kept up to date. Invest in antivirus software and the latest firewall programs to ensure that anything you need to keep safe, stays safe.
Train the staff
Your staff need to be made aware of best practice methods for storing and using your data. For example, if your office is in a publicly accessible space then have your staff lock their computers when away for long periods. You may also need to drill your staff to recognise the importance of passwords; for example, not to leave them written nearby on a Post-it note. Passwords should be easily remembered, but long enough that they can’t be easily cracked. The longer they are, the more secure – especially when you add a mix of lower and upper-case letters as well as numbers.
Secure your communications
This infographic shows how easily an attack can reveal so much of users’ information; an attack on the Playstation Network in 2011 yielded 77 million usernames and email addresses. It’s important therefore to ensure that any communications and information of yours, or that you are entrusted with as a business, is made as secure as possible.
Having clients’ private information made public is quite likely a breach of contract made in error, which is why you should consider a form of business insurance known as professional indemnity insurance. Having this can keep you covered in the event of a data error or other negligent act, visit Markel for a full list for what professional indemnity insurance can cover. It’s something that any firm which provides consultation or a product should consider having, to make sure they’re protected from the worst-case scenarios.
This article was written by Markel Direct UK