IT is at the forefront of our lives and plays a major role in how we do business. But with it comes sizeable risks and exposures to threats. An IT failure often comes without warning and can equate to huge problems for your business at large. The following are some of the biggest threats to IT security.
Backup servers and routers designed to work in the event of a system meltdown are crucial. You must also analyze the security’s strength before a crash occurs so you’re confident that your backup router is prepared to do the job.
Inactive users or computers can pose a threat. Inactive users can reflect open-yet-unused accounts, presenting cracks in security and unauthorized access. Perform audits often to discover what’s inactive and get rid of those systems.
Client confidentiality is the law, and you must have processes in place to establish compliance. Be prepared for regulatory audits by running your own first. This will alert you to things that need correcting.
Rampant Levels of Access
Businesses tend to lose track of which people have which levels of access to information. Limit your data’s exposure by monitoring every person’s level of access to data, making sure the proper people have the proper access levels.
Tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, YouSendIt, etc. are daily essentials, but come from outside servers and systems, which can expose your business to threats. Discover any “backdoors” that can let hackers in by running an external vulnerability scan often.
“Bring Your Own Device” Drawbacks
The “bring your own device” (BYOD) or “bring your own technology” (BYOT) movement saves businesses money but also makes them vulnerable to data breaches if said devices are lost. It’s imperative that you keep meticulous track of your data inventory by sharing permissions reports that tell who has access to what devices and data.
Weak (or No) Passwords
Complicated passwords are durable ones. Encourage employees to never use passwords that are obvious or easy to guess (birthdates, names, etc.). Also make sure passwords are in fact being established… many don’t use them at all.
A lot of businesses still rely on manual backup procedures that are not consistently engaged, only to find themselves in dire straights after a system failure because someone forgot to manually back up the system. Get yourself an automated backup solution that runs consistently on its own and frees your employees from having to remember to do it themselves.
If you cannot safely say you are doing all of the above, you’re likely not as secure as your business deserves to be. For an assessment and to discuss a plan of action, request a network assessment from a trustable resource and get confident in your business’s safety and security.