How The IT Department Can Protect Small businesses From A Data Breach

The possibility for company security breaches has been receiving a lot of attention lately in light of the recent theft of sensitive customer information at Target. Such events are disastrous for a company whose credibility is largely determine by how effective they are at keeping payment information secure. Your IT Department plays an instrumental role in the protection of customer data.

Naturally, your business's security is of the utmost importance to you and possibly to those who do business with your company as well. You need to make sure you make all possible effort to keep your business secure and any sensitive electronic data safe from access by any outside individuals on institutions that might compromise trust in your company. In addition to the security that you take to protect the physical building like alarm systems and walking security data is an even bigger priority.

While all of your staff members should be aware of and take their part in security efforts, your IT manager is of primary importance in carrying out the most important security tasks. It is recommended that the following security precautions be handled by your IT department to ensure impenetrable security at your business.

Have Your IT Department Carry Out A Security Audit

Before you can remedy any potential security leaks at your business, you need to determine where you're susceptible. By carrying out a security audit, your IT department can identify what data you need to be particularly concerned for and what parts of your business that are potentially vulnerable to a security breach. Make sure that your security audit encompasses your entire business- including any computers, network, and mobile device that might have access to your data.

Encrypt Data

Even if your data is stolen, it might be impossible for those who have stolen it to decipher it if it is properly encrypted. Data encryption is highly important for any business that must work with sensitive data.

Limiting User Access

Every member of your staff does not need access to all of your business's data. By limiting user access in your network, you can increase the security of your business. Keeping track of who has access to what data can also help you to monitor communications and give you a heads up if there is suspicious activity on your network.

Keep Computer Operating Systems Updated

Just like any other type of technology, hacking tools and capabilities are constantly being updated and enhanced. Yet, if you keep your systems regularly updated and if you stay informed by following security authorities such as ADT, you will hopefully be able to stay ahead of those who might try to illicitly access your data. When your system is updated, your IT manager should pay special attention to any anti-virus software or security features that are available.

Be Sure Never to Leave Default Passwords in Place

When your business first begins using a new machine or software, one of the first things that your IT manager should do is change any passwords from the default password to a complex and unique password. Neglecting to change a default password can often make the task of hacking into your system very easy.

By keeping up on these tasks, your IT department can drastically reduce the chances that your business's data will be compromised. IT managers working in a wide range of industries be assigned these tasks to maximize security.

 

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