Every business which stores sensitive data on hard drives, on dedicated servers or in the cloud must have an IT security strategy in order to help protect themselves from cybercrime. Malware, ransomware and other malicious attacks are becoming increasingly common in today’s digital world, and companies are finding themselves more at risk than ever before. Due to the almost universal use of computers to assist in business tasks, firms are increasingly at risk and must take steps in order to minimise risks without compromising business performance.
A successful IT security strategy can be difficult to formulate, especially for SMEs, and may present a steep learning curve for individuals. As such, our experts at CARA Technology have suggested a number of factors which must be considered in your businesses’ IT security strategy to minimise as much risk to your company as possible.
1. Know what you are protecting
A security strategy must firstly establish what it is aiming to protect. Not only must you understand what information is the most valuable, and what is the most vulnerable, but it is also important to consider where this information is stored. Protecting information on a specific virtual private network requires a different response to data on USB drives. By evaluating what needs to be protected, you can then create better suited strategies on how to protect it.
2. Use a data-centric approach
Instead of trying to protect every facet of your businesses’ data footprint from constantly evolving IT changes and increasingly complex malicious software, it is worth prioritising the most important facets of your businesses’ data. By focusing upon the sensitive information through storage, use, transmission and access, you can more efficiently protect what matters.
3. Assess the security features of your outsourced areas
Many businesses use external companies in their IT dealings. Whether this is a data shredding company, or storing data on a shared server, all of these outlets can offer potential security breaches, placing your sensitive information, not to mention brand reputation, at risk. While it is important to choose outside companies that match your business needs, you must ensure that one of these needs is security. The best external IT companies will have their own IT security strategies in place, and it is well worth discussing these with any potential third party that will have access to your data.
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