A new year calls for a fresh review of your security plan for protecting your IT assets and maximizing their performance. What worked yesterday, may be irrelevant today, or needs to be revised and upgraded. With ransomware threats and data breaches affecting organizations worldwide, security should be in the forefront for all businesses, large and small. Below are some recommendations that you should get on track and put into your early year plans.
Review all points of entry into company
Are you confident that your network is not being breached, and that confidential information is not being exposed online? With the significant increases in the proliferation of mobile technology and smartphones, and an ever-growing dependency on cloud-based resources, this creates numerous points of entry into your environment. Your business is only as safe as your weakest link.
Your plan should include a multi-layered approach to security. You need to diversify the types of security measures being used, and the providers/vendors you select. These measures will include Firewalls at the hardware layer, spam filters, anti-virus solutions, file level permissions, multi-factor authentication, etc. Bottom line: You cannot have too much security! The more overlapping layers of security, the better. At the same time, you will have to make decisions regarding balancing your employee’s productivity needs against your organization’s security goals. Security should always be a work in progress.
A top down inventory of your current environment should be your first step in identifying all your vulnerable points. This should cover all your hardware and software assets, as well as your internet and cloud-based services. Of course, it is important to gain an understanding of how your end users interact with all of the technology at their disposal. You can then make an informed decision regarding where to focus your efforts and resources towards constructing your security posture.
The next step is to assess potential threats or risks to your business. Things like damage, disaster, employee negligence or misconduct, crime, technical failure at your place of business, or external threats like malicious malware or ransomware. Do you have security policies in place to protect and minimize your risk?
Armed with this information, you are ready to have a productive conversation with your IT experts regarding addressing any glaring security flaws, and taking the most effective approach to protecting your company’s vital information resources.
If you are interested in upgrading your security measures, contact Superior Technology Solutions – we can help craft a plan and put it into action. Visit us at www.superiortechnology.com or call us at (845) 735-3555.
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