Tips for Better IT Security
With mobile computing and ubiquitous connectivity what it is today, there is a level of information sharing and ease that we have never seen in our lifetimes in both business and personal situations. With this, there also comes a greater sense of threat to our information and identity – a level of threat that has never been faced before. Information has a higher value associated with it, and for that reason, both individuals and companies need to be as vigilant as ever in protecting it.
Let us take a look at some tips on protecting company data through better IT security practices.
Isolate Sensitive Data
Identify sensitive data that might be stored on propriety applications your company uses, or found in documents online, and try to keep the devices that the said data is stored on to a minimum. A general principle in IT security is that the fewer devices sensitive data is stored on, the harder it is for someone that is not supposed to see it access it, meaning the better secured it is.
Invest in Network Security and Antivirus Applications
There is a proliferation of phishing schemes, viruses, and vicious spam put out into the channels of the World Wide Web every single day. In fact, there exists a whole industry devoted to this kind of stuff, unfortunately. Having a good anti-virus program and anti-spyware software is critical in protecting against these things, and when one does slip through the cracks, get rid of it – or at least quarantine the problem – as soon as possible.
If your company does not have VPN access, you will want to find a third-party VPN provider that can ensure a more secure connection. Along with this, make sure that whatever network you are connecting to has Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-encrypted sessions at each gateway, which ensures that each packet of information being transferred between your device and faraway servers can be inspected for potentially harmful files. End point security is also essential for blocking spam and potential malware while ensuring that data is truly encrypted from endpoint to endpoint. For an example of this process done well, check out Dell’s Data Protection Encryption Solution software.
Firewalls and Secure Wireless Connections
A good firewall offers a layer of defense that is irreplaceable, a line of safety protecting from intrusions and malware. Likewise, a high-performance, clean wireless signal that is also more secure than such protocols as WEP and WPA2 encryption is critical to maintaining a secure network. Obviously, access to these networks is only as strong as their alphanumeric passcodes, so choose a long, complex one that is not easily guessed.
Knowing who can access sensitive information is obviously an important practice. Background checks of employees are standard at pretty much any firm these days, but still, it is a good idea to use privileged tiers of access – in other words, letting employees have access to data on a need-to-know basis. This can help limit the number of people that have access to really strategic, sensitive information that you do not want falling into the wrong hands.