Celebrate Cyber Security Month With A Business Audit

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Articles
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Security AnalysisOctober is Cyber Security Awareness Month. As the month comes to an end, has your business taken the necessary measures to protect itself against an attack?

Each year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month serves as a reminder that businesses should have measures in place to protect against attacks. One malware attack can take an entire network down, paralyzing operations for days and potentially exposing confidential data. National Cyber Security Awareness Month provides the perfect excuse to do a thorough audit of your business processes to ensure your valuable data is safe.

If your business hasn’t taken an in-depth look at your security procedures lately, chances are you’re already behind. The world of security threats continues to evolve, with a new breed of malware launched each year. Recognizing this, the Department of Homeland Security created an awareness month in order to take time each year to educate the public on the importance of investing in security.

To do your part to make sure your devices are as safe as possible, here’s a brief checklist you can use for your annual cyber security audit.

  1. Software Protection. Your data should be protected both at the server level and the device level. This includes antivirus software and encryption. For the best protection possible, choose an all-inclusive package that provides identity theft protection and additional firewall protection. You should also enable the firewall and other security features included with your operating system for an additional layer of protection.
  2. Employee Activities. One of the biggest security risks to an organization is its people. Most security breaches occur as a result of someone clicking on a link or being careless with passwords. Each organization should not only have a thorough security policy, but also work to educate workers so they recognize phishing attempts and malicious links.
  3. Mobile Device Security. With an increasing reliance on tablets and smartphones, businesses are redefining where and how their employees work. This shift means security policies should be reviewed and updated to address the unique needs of mobile devices. What happens if a worker loses a device containing customer data? Can it be wiped remotely? Is it password protected? Cybercriminals are also beginning to turn their attention to mobile devices, meaning businesses should make sure each device has the same strong malware protection found on its PCs.
  4. Wi-Fi Security. You may have taken precautions to ensure your in-house wi-fi network is secure, but what about when your workers are utilizing public wireless networks. Your work data could be exposed at a coffee shop, an airport, or any public place where smartphones, tablets, and laptops may be joined to public networks. Software solutions are available that can protect these devices when they’re hooked onto a wi-fi network in a public place. Businesses should investigate these tools and consider the ramifications of not using them.
  5. BYOD Policies. Businesses are realizing they can save money by allowing workers to connect their personal devices to corporate networks. This is a win for the employees, as well, as they’re able to use their own preferred devices. But BYOD brings big responsibility, with organizations now forced to worry about the personal activities employees are conducting on those phones. A malicious app download, for instance, could infect the entire device, exposing client data and threatening the integrity of your company. New technology allows a virtual workspace to be created on a mobile device, securing work data and apps in an encrypted area.

It’s important to revisit these ideas annually to make sure policies are being maintained. Since cybercriminals are always working to create new, innovative ways to breach security, it’s important to stay a step ahead to make sure your business remains operational, with data protected, at all times. This includes having policies and malware software in place and keeping them updated at all times.

Written By ComputerSupport.com

Additional information about defence of personal information in the workplace you can find here: http://www.sharefile.com/datasecurity.aspx

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