5 Steps to Safeguarding Your Data Against Hackers.
You have your IT security protocols in place, so you might believe you’re safe. Well, it’s time for a wake up call because the data breach Levels for 2014 paint a dim picture, and it’s time to re-evaluate your security now! In 2014, data breach occurrences increased 46% from 2013!
Theft and loss of data works out to 2,803,036 records lost or stolen every day in 2014. This means that 32 data records are stolen every second of every day! Much of the stolen or lost information included names, addresses, and security numbers along with valuable financial information such as credit card numbers.
When it comes to your IT security, you can’t stay satisfied with yesterday’s security protocols because cyber thieves are always striving to stay one step ahead.
Yesterday’s network firewalls and other “breach prevention” technologies become obsolete more quickly than you might think. Every company needs to be more proactive in protecting their data, customer information, intellectual property, and especially in instructing their employees to implement the newest and most advanced IT security protocols available.
Your Data is Your Most Valuable Asset – Make Sure You’re Protecting ALL Files!
The increase in data breaches doesn’t just come from cybercriminals; it also comes from within your own organization, such as through your employees and your third party partners. You become exposed and vulnerable in a variety of other ways such as:
- Bringing work home via personal email accounts
- Lost laptops and other mobile devices
- Storing data on USB devices
- Vendors that unknowingly share network log-in credentials and passwords
Are You Following These 5 Vital Steps to Protect the Livelihood of Your Company?
It’s not if you are going to be breached, it’s when. However, it’s not all doom and gloom because there are 5 fundamental steps you need to take to proactively protect your valuable data including:
- Regularly review and update your IT security protocols
- Control the access and authentication of all your users
- Encrypt all data you consider sensitive – both at rest and in motion
- Manage and store all your encryption keys safely
- Educate all employees for regarding online/mobile device security
Your data is your most valuable asset – it’s your company currency, and when you lose data, you lose money. M.I.T. Consulting goes above and beyond – following these 5 steps to keep your valuable data secure. Contact us at (416) 250-1040 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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