Keep in mind that regardless of the size of your business or your industry, as soon as you establish an enterprise, you’re becoming a target. In the digital world where everything is connected, this can be a major problem. If you’re not careful, your competitors can find out some of the most secretive information about your business. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways that you can improve on this and here are five of them.
The reason why passwords exist, to begin with, is to allow the algorithm to tell a difference from the person who has the authorization to enter and those who don’t. Now, the majority of people believe password cracking to be a complex process relying on high-tech digital tools. On the other hand, this is something that they wouldn’t have to deal with if they could just figure it out using logic and some basic info of the owner of the password. Children’s nicknames (and names), names of pets, birthday dates and dates of anniversaries are common passwords for a lot of people who are not very… well, let’s say tech-savvy. This is why teaching your staff how to make stronger passwords may benefit your enterprise as a whole.
Another thing worth bearing in mind is the fact there are so many people who use their personal devices for work. At the very least, they’re checking their corporate emails via their private smartphone or working on their personal laptop that they take home and bring back to work the next day. While this practice increases efficiency and saves a lot of money for enterprises, the truth is that it’s also a security risk. After all, you have no control over how these devices are used or what safety measures your employees are using. Therefore, some BYOD security policies have to be introduced.
One of the most important things you need to understand is the fact that modern cloud storage solutions have vastly superior security to that of their predecessors. This is why more and more businesses opt for high-end cloud services. These services often have their own IT security team, which means that you’re partially outsourcing this crucial issue with someone with skills, resources and motivation to keep you safe. Also, due to the above-discussed ever-growing popularity of the BYOD trend, this option might make more sense than ever before.
One of the biggest problems when it comes to cybersecurity is one of phishing. Imagine a scenario where you click on a link and instead of the page where you’ve wanted to go, it leads you to a page that is its exact lookalike. Now imagine a (nightmare) scenario where you type in your password here. Hackers don’t have to guess or steal your password if you just type it in for them. The biggest problem with this lies that a surprisingly large number of people working in the digital environment aren’t even aware that this is a thing. This is why raising awareness of phishing needs to become your top priority.
Customer data is a priority
Finally, you need to understand that customer data needs to be a priority. Unless they can trust you with their data, they won’t do business with you. This is especially true if they have to share sensitive information like their credit card number with you. In order to avoid a scenario where this becomes a major problem, what you need to do is introduce some changes. First, you need a multiple-step authorization system. Second, you need to start asking fewer questions. The less you know, the less you can leak.
We are on the verge of a massive IoT expansion and once this moment finally arrives, the gravity of a potential IT breach will be even more dangerous. Fortunately, those who are ready to work on their business security system will be able to avert this scenario and fully embrace this revolutionary tech trend.