At Precision Integrated Data we always encourage individuals and businesses to take proactive measures towards protecting themselves from cyber threats.
Following are some tips to improve your cybersecurity and safeguard your data.
Tip 1: Back Up Your Data
To have your data stolen can turn out to be a living – breathing nightmare. Hackers use ransomware to steal sensitive files and hold them hostage until you pay a fee. Having a backup strategy can mitigate ransomware risks and can save you thousands of dollars. Even if your data gets stolen, you still have an accessible copy. Back up your data offline or invest in an electronic vaulting service where your data is encrypted and secured through a network that has a number of built in safety and security measures. Call Precision Integrated Data at (561) 578-8440 for more information.
Tip 2: Strengthen Your Network
In addition to ransomware threats, botnets and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise. Protect your network from these threats by installing a firewall and keeping your security software, operating systems, and applications up to date. If you have employees who work remotely, have them use a virtual private network (VPN).
Tip 3: Eliminate Weak Passwords
Weak or common login credentials give cybercriminals the key to your data. Protect your network by using different passwords for multiple applications. Each password that you utilize should be a combination of special characters, numbers, and upper and lower-case letters. When updating your passwords, do not simply add a 1 or change the current year, changes should be less predictable. A password manager can help you keep track of multiple passwords that can’t be memorized, and also offer encryption options. Many applications now offer two-factor authentication; be sure to use it for an extra layer of protection.
Tip 4: Invest in Employee Training
Corporate data is often compromised due to employee error. Even well-meaning employees fall victim to phishing scams or inadvertently give sensitive information to someone they shouldn’t. Training is the best way to minimize employee mistakes and thwart negligent behavior.
Make sure your employees understand the following data security threats and how to prevent them:
• Malware and social engineering, a.k.a. phishing
• Negligent disposal of documents and data
• Improper handling of files and media
• Password mismanagement
Reinforce data storage and handling policies and carry out regular training sessions so your employees stay current on ever-changing cyber threats.
Use the aforementioned cybersecurity tips to keep your information secure.