Do you sleep well at night knowing all your company data is secure and safe? If you do, you might be kidding yourself as each day hackers find new ways to infect systems to get to your data.

It only takes one time for your data to be hacked or released to someone that will use it against you and your clients, which obviously carries a substantial risk to your company. Here are 6 areas that can help keep your data secure.

  1. Employee Access. It is essential to put limits on employee access to company data. Computers and servers with password protection will ensure this, but remember to change passwords and access rights when members of staff leave your company – particularly if you store data in the cloud. Having a password policy in place is essential for keeping your data secure.
  2. Security Software. You should have firewalls and anti-virus protection on all devices used by your company. Also, employ encryption protocols to make it difficult for them to view the data if they do breach your security. All Windows computers now come with BitLocker, which is a full disk encryption feature that should be considered.
  3. Updates. It is essential to keep all your devices up to date with updates. This includes the operating systems and the soft-ware installed on them. Usually all updates released have security updates included in them which is critical to keeping your data secure. For mobile devices this can also be handled by a mobile device management system like Microsoft Intune.
  4. Remote Wiping. With more mobile devices being used by companies, the concern of those devices being lost or stolen is a large risk. Remote wiping software can delete data and potentially stop this issue. Apple offers a remote wipe function as standard (provided devices are signed up to iCloud) and Google offers a similar solution via the Google Apps Device Policy app. Office 365 also offers a solution with Intune which is a mobile device management application that can wipe devices.
  5. Choose A Reliable Cloud Provider. If you store much data in the cloud, make sure you choose a reputable and secure solution. Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple all offer leading security for their cloud solutions, and you can purchase more storage when necessary. If you would prefer to keep your data on your own private servers, choose a well-known hosting provider.
  6. Make Sure You Have Cyber Liability insurance Coverage. We’re not affiliated with any insurance carriers, but often clients will request that we help them fill out the questionnaires for cyber insurance coverage, which is generally relatively inexpensive coverage.