Theft of corporate data is on the rise. Hacking techniques and sophisticated malware attacks such as CryptoLocker are becoming commonplace, and even the most robust security seems to be at risk.
Here are four simple suggestions to help you keep the hackers out of your business systems and keep your corporate data secure.
1. Protect your incoming traffic
In order for a cyber-criminal to steal your data, they must first find an avenue into your business. All of your data circuits and your internet connections must be protected by an adaptable and robust firewall. This is your business’ first line of defense against unwanted inbound traffic.
Having a firewall doesn’t guarantee you are protected completely unless you manage all updates, monitor network traffic and provides you with control over your applications both inside and outside your organization.
2. Implement secure remote access
These days pretty much everyone works away from the office at some point in time. In order to do so effectively, most businesses provide their employees with remote access to company files and other sensitive data. If you provide remote access, you must make sure that it is restricted and secure. Keep a log of all remote access activities so that an audit trail is available should a security breach occur.
3. Protect your data backups
A business without a backup and recovery strategy is asking for trouble and taking an unnecessary risk. If a hacker were to gain access to your corporate data and hold it for ransom, would you be able to avoid payment and restore your data or would you be forced to pay a hefty fee and hope to get your data returned? And while some organizations have a backup plan, part of the disaster recovery process needs to include validating recovery by IT on a monthly or quarterly basis to ensure security and recovery.
4. Limit outbound internet traffic
As well as restricting inbound traffic to your business systems it’s advisable to keep tabs on outbound traffic too. One of the most common methods of data theft by corporate cybercriminals is to plant a piece of software in your network that then sends sensitive data over the internet to the hackers’ systems.
Corporations are faced with risk if they don’t know what their employees are doing on the internet. In surveys conducted by Equifax, USA Today and Burst Media, 25% of employees do peer-to-peer file sharing, 16% of men and 8% of women admit to viewing inappropriate video content at work and 25% of office internet traffic being non-business related.
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Although these suggestions might seem very basic and simple in the extreme, virtually every major corporate breach in the last year occurred because one of them had been overlooked. For a very small amount of effort and expense, you can protect your business from hackers or at least make it as difficult as possible for them to succeed.