Security is a game changer for business operations. If you want to take advantage of the benefits of technologies like mobile, cloud, and big data, then security should be your number one priority. Without a secure foundation, your business remains vulnerable to attack. Use these tips to assess the current state of your foundation, fix any cracks you find, and prevent further issues.
Assess your vulnerability to attack
Hackers see small and midsize businesses as low-hanging fruit that often provide the gateway to more lucrative targets. As businesses become more interconnected, hackers can steal information from one business to gain access to another.
For the safety of both your business and others, ask the hard-hitting questions:
- When did you last perform a security audit of your business functions?
- Have you installed the recommended patches and upgrades for all devices that access your data, including employee mobile devices?
- Do you update business policies to match current threats?
- Do your employees know how hackers gain access to private data?
- Do you enforce strong password use and two-factor authentication?
- Do you have an incident response plan if an attack occurs?
An assessment answers these questions and reveals weaknesses in your defenses.
Fix foundation cracks
Mobile. Cloud. Big data. Without strong, secure networks, you cannot safely protect your business from the related threats and risks attending these technologies.
To many companies, mobile devices are vital to operations, and changes in apps, devices, and operating systems plague these devices with frequent security issues. Mobile application management (MAM) and mobile device management (MDM) can close the gaps and back doors hackers exploit. Educate employees on safe mobile device use and why policy enforcement is necessary.
Today, many businesses mix public and private cloud-based technology with on-premise traditional infrastructure. Your organization should determine the safest place to store data, how it is accessed, and how much protection surrounds it. Encryption and access control policies can protect sensitive data no matter where it resides on the network. Sound backup and disaster recovery plans can prevent downtime if an attack leads to data theft or destruction.
Businesses gather and store mountains of business data to achieve greater customer insight and competitive advantage. Event filtering, automated log scanning, and attack path analysis can reveal security risks in real time.
Prepare for future attacks
Security isn’t a one-time task. Your business should continually address vulnerabilities and cyber crime innovations by:
- Planning frequent security audits to uncover and fix weaknesses.
- Reviewing policies to ensure they address new threats.
- Teaching employees to recognize malicious threats that aim to dupe them into providing unauthorized access to sensitive data.
- Enforcing the basics, including strong passwords, software patches and upgrades, role-based access control, and white-listed and black-listed apps.
- Creating backup and disaster recovery plans.
- Preparing for the worst by creating incident response plans for the most likely attack types.
No single action will secure your business. Hackers seek cracks wherever they can find them. A solid foundation will force these criminals to look elsewhere.