Simple Tips To Protect Your Corporate Data
Theft of corporate data is on the rise. Hacking techniques and sophisticated malware attacks are becoming commonplace, and even the most robust security seems to be at risk of exploitation.
4 Suggestions To Help Keep The Hackers Out Of Business Systems And Keep Corporate Data Secure
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 defence against unwanted inbound traffic.
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. If possible, only grant access to individual user accounts and always use strong passwords together with 2-factor authentication. Keep a log of all remote access activities so that an audit trail is available should a security breach occur.
Make sure anti-malware software is updated regularly
It’s pointless installing anti-virus/anti-malware software if you don’t keep it updated with the most recent definitions and versions. Software manufacturers are constantly updating their packages in response to the most recent malware that comes to light and you could be vulnerable to attack if yours is out of date.
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 cyber criminals is to plant a piece of software in your network that then sends sensitive data over the internet to the hackers’ systems.
Malware and hacking techniques evolve so quickly to evade detection that no system is completely safe. At least by ensuring that secure data does not leave your network without your prior clearance, you are providing a further line of defence. Your firewall can be configured to monitor any outbound traffic as well as inbound.
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.
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