Technology is here to stay and it seems like businesses are having a tendency to get behind the times, or at the least, they are getting too comfortable. Security breaches have been on the rise lately, and only after a few major attacks, like Home Depot and Target, do other business start to become more aware.
One of the most important things a business, large or small, can do to continually help protect the security of their customers in this IT world is to always keep their systems up-to-date, and always be aware of what they are doing online.
Paying Attention To Updates
When you get a notification that it’s time to update your security measures on your IT system, don’t hesitate. Even just one day behind and you could be hacked and have tons of your customer’s information stolen.
Most internet security program are updated whenever there are new risks perceived, so updated quickly helps protect your computers from new malware and viruses. Viruses and malware are one of the ways that security breaches are instigated.
Teaching Current And New Employees
In a list of security tips from Tripwire, #4 says a lot about what companies really need to do when it comes to keeping things secure. You can never teach your employees too much, especially when it comes to security.
Take time to even just go over the basics with them, such as having a good password and logging out of systems when they are not at the computer or terminal. These reminders may seem repetitive, but they help keep up awareness.
Considering Safety Measures
Bankrate suggests paying attention from the very beginning. Don’t even start suffering the internet super highway until you’ve got some sort of safety set in place. That’s what all this stuff was created for, to protect computers and the people using them.
Check your firewalls, make sure that security is up and running. You may even want to download something additional to help protect from adware and/or malware.
Invision, experts in IT, have an article that suggests always staying aware and having a plan. Take time to encrypt info and keep it safe. Always do your updates. Teach staff and make sure they understand the best practices of logging in.
Lastly, always use equipment and services designed for businesses, not consumers or individuals. You want something that is made to protect your business information on a far grander scale than someone’s personal computer.
There is always the chance that a breach can happen even under the most protected IT systems, but it’s always better to stand against attacks ahead of time, just in case. Don’t wait to work on customer protection until after someone steals their information.