Data security is a big deal for any company. Indeed, there was an average of 200,000 cyber-attacks per day in 2016 and the numbers are increasing day by day. One breach could deeply harm your business, and this was indeed verified with the global cyber attacks of May 2017 that reached 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries.
Keeping your Data safe should be a priority for your company. So to help you with that, here are the best 10 Data Security measures you can adopt for your company and perhaps, even yourself!
1) Establish strong passwords
This first measure is really easy to put in place. You must put together a combination of capitals, lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols to create a strong password. The more characters you put, the better. With that, you must avoid using your birthday or any personal information and change the password accordingly.
2) Set up a firewall
In order to protect your network, firewalls are an important initiative to consider. They are a must-have for any company, as they control the internet traffic coming and leaving your business.
3) Think of antivirus protection
Antivirus and anti-malware are indispensable to protecting your Data. They are designed to prevent, search for, detect and remove viruses but also adware, worms, trojans, and so on.
4) Updating is important
Your computer must be properly patched and updated. Recent updates allow your Data to be more secured.
5) Secure every laptop
Laptops are portable so there is a higher risk that they can be stolen. As a consequence, it is important to take more security measures in order to protect all laptops. A simple solution is to encrypt them. In doing so, without the right password, your computer’s Data is unreadable.
6) Secure mobile phones
Mobile phones are even more easily stolen than laptops but they are as valuable for companies. Equally to laptops, phones can be encrypted- you can put a strong password and enable an automatic lock-out. You can also set up a wiping process if the phone is lost or stolen.
7) Schedule backups
You can schedule backups to external hard drives or in the cloud in order to keep your data stored safely. The right frequency is weekly but you can do incremental backups every few days. You can also use Wimi, which centralizes your documents. With it, you can then share your documents with your team, your clients, and your partners
8) Monitor steadily
Data, Software, technologies, everything is moving so fast. Keep track of them, keep in touch with news to see what is new on the market.
9) Be smart with emails and surfing the web
Downloading apps or files, opening emails and clicking on links can infect your computer and your network. Be careful with the sources you find online or you receive. Take every “warning box” seriously.
10) Educate your employees about Data Security
Prevention is the best way to keep your Data safe. Warned employees will always be more attentive.