Data security is a major concern for every business. Data breaches are increasingly common, with 945 data breaches and an astonishing 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018 alone. However, there are steps you can take to protect your business from many of the most common data security threats.

Remote Working

Working remotely is a brilliant benefit of mobile devices and cloud-based workspaces, allowing staff to work flexibly outside of the office, but it also leaves businesses open to security breaches. The primary ways that a business can defend against these breaches as they arise is to repeal any ‘bring your own device’ policies for working and introduce strict rules about the updating of devices and connecting to unsecured and/or public wifi hotspots.

Improper IT Disposal

Using insecure IT asset disposal methods leaves the data your business stores extremely vulnerable, as the physical hardware itself isn’t accurately tracked, nor are the systems sanitised adequately. Protect your business and the data you store by using an ADISA accredited ITAD company that uses high-level sanitisation software such as Blancco, with all of the necessary ISO accreditations.

Outdated Infrastructure

Older operating systems, such as Windows XP, aren’t advanced enough to protect devices (and the data they store) from modern and ever-evolving cyber threats. Updating your team’s devices to ones with newer systems and the capabilities required to protect against breaches more adequately is a key way to protect your business and your clients. If upgrading your team’s systems seems too large of an expense, think about the risks of a data breach. There are alternative ways to upgrade your equipment too, such as refurbished IT that has been handled by a Microsoft Certified Refurbisher.

Lack of Training

Data threats in a business are more likely to occur accidentally due to a staff member acting with a lack of training and information, rather than acting maliciously. This is why regular data security training is required to ensure team members are properly equipped to protect the business from easily-avoidable threats and that they don’t revert to old habits.

Malware

When malware, such as ransomware, takes over a device, it can allow hackers to access, erase, sell or manipulate your data. To avoid falling victim to malware, create a backup hard drive to keep your data secured separately from your device, apply software updates regularly, utilise antivirus software and be suspicious of emails that include links, unsecured websites and apps.

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