January marks the beginning and celebration of many things, including Data Privacy Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing some security best practices that any type of business can benefit from.
This international effort, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), aims to empower individuals and businesses with the resources they need to maintain privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.
At Right Networks, we are laser-focused on protecting our customers’ data, and each member of our staff contributes to its defense. Regular security awareness training, diligent application and software vetting processes, and continued dialogue with our IT security team are our proverbial weapons. And implementing these practices is how we’ve been able to foster our security-first culture.
In celebration of Data Privacy Day, we’re sharing some security best practices that any type of business can benefit from.
Keep reading to discover what they are—and don’t forget to pass along this article to your colleagues!
According to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Report:
43 percent of breach victims were small and medium businesses in 2020
Let’s see that number go down in 2021. Here are a few ways you can secure your IT infrastructure:
Educate staff on common phishing tactics.
Run anti-virus software that scans users’ email for viruses and dangerous links. And, make it simple and safe for your staff to report suspicious emails.
Invest in software that will help maintain data privacy. Ensure the program you choose will detect potential threats to your system and eradicate them.
Right Networks offers Duo in our QuickBooks Desktop hosting packages to further protect our customers’ data. We believe in the product so much that we’ve implemented it for our employees, too. The simple and effective method ensures that data and information can only be accessed by the user who is supposed to be accessing it.
You can read more about the importance of multi-factor authentication in our eBook, Secure Access: Granted.
Security policies should be updated annually … unless there’s a major world event that forces nearly everyone to work from home. And policies should be updated quickly to address these (albeit rare) circumstances. These days, every business should have rules and best practices that speak to maintaining data privacy at work, and at home.
Keep backups of data offsite in case you’re hacked so you can upload your data and get up and running again quickly.
Keeping data secure begins at the user level. According to the Verizon report:
33 percent of successful breaches involved phishing or social engineering in 2020
With a little education, we believe most of these breaches would’ve been unsuccessful. Make sure you’re taking the required security awareness training your IT department sends out (and pay attention to it!).
Passwords should be complicated and changed often. If you have a difficult time remembering passwords, try using a password management system. This article by PCmag.com lists the top 11 password managers to use in 2021.
CONSTANT VIGILANCE. I’m 100 percent serious. Once in a while, a malicious email may slip through even the best security programs. Be on the lookout for these red flags:
Next Data Privacy Day, we hope to be sharing a lower breach statistic. By following the tips included above (and leveraging cloud technology to make maintaining your business’s data even easier) we believe we can.
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