As strange as it may sound, business security is far less a matter of technology and far more a matter of training than anything else.
No technology can benefit its user if that person hasn’t been trained to employ it effectively. This is doubly true in business security, because it is rarely enough to know the “how” if one does not also fully understand the “why.”
That is just one reason why it is so important to make sure that your employees are well trained and educated as to how to protect data and use technology safely. Here are some things company managers should keep in mind if they are tasked with the security of their company and are operating on a budget.
Training is King
Sadly, humans can routinely be persuaded there is really no risk involved in handing over vital information about a company’s security to someone who may or may not be authorized. Teaching those employees and managers what to look for in a potential security breach is the absolute top priority. Technology is definitely a great and useful tool, however, it can still be risky and come with consequences. You just have to do all you can to avoid consequences and that requires learning about tech security. If the people who are protecting the company don’t know what a security threat looks like, they’re never going to raise the alarm. No matter how much time or money you spend on security, this alone will defeat everything you do.
Simpler is Better
Everyone has heard the apocryphal story of how America spent a million dollars on a pen that would write in zero gravity and the Russians used a pencil. Whenever you are deciding on where to spend your money for security in your business, always spend more on making things simple. Complex systems have a bad habit of failing silently or working in ways you don’t expect. The more complicated it is, the more training costs you will have, and if something goes wrong, you’ll be looking at high repair costs. Just take the time to make everything as simple as possible. The simplest things can sometimes be the most effective.
Don’t Refuse Free Help
Companies like Ottawa Network Management will tell you practically every electronics manufacturer now offers free updates for their software. This is true of operating systems, major application platforms, mobile apps and even certain kinds of embedded systems. Keep your patches and updates current. These companies are providing you with free up-to-the-minute security patches to help you safeguard your data and your company operations. Most of the time it doesn’t cost you anything either, so take full advantage of it when you can.
Security might seem like an uphill battle, but that is often because companies and managers focus on the wrong thing. Training, simplicity and applying the latest updates will go a long way towards helping your business be more secure.