In the minds of many business owners, their company’s cybersecurity and IT needs don’t extend beyond an antivirus program and ensuring their email system functions properly. While the basics of your company’s technology infrastructure are essential, spending a disproportionate percentage of your budget on maintenance and upkeep isn’t the path to success. Resting on your laurels when it comes to the ever-evolving IT world can spell disaster for any business. When it comes time to establish your IT budget for the next calendar year, refocus some of your resources to keep your business safe and secure into the future.
Guard Against Human Error
With so many computer-based security solutions that tangle up a hacker’s progress, the natural course of action for a would-be intruder is to attempt to infiltrate your system by piggy-backing off someone who already has access – your employees. Ask yourself these questions: Is your IT firm actively educating and alerting your staff to the latest phishing schemes? Are your employees changing their passwords on a regular basis? Do they know the proper security protocols regarding sharing sensitive data over a network? If you answer “no” or you aren’t sure, it might be time to shake things up.
Smartphone Data is a Target
The invention of the hyper-connected smartphone is the best thing that’s ever happened to hackers. While mobile security threats aren’t quite at the same level of sophistication as PC-based attacks, it’s only a matter of time before a major flaw is discovered. When it happens, intruders will be able to target a gold mine of information: your contacts, personal banking information, company email accounts, microphone, camera, and a limitless amount of information stored within third-party apps. Fortunately, preventative measures exist and there are many mobile best-practices that can offset the risk of a data breach from your phone – they just have to be implemented across your entire workforce.
Invest in Fallbacks and Redundancies
Every company should have at least three backup systems (not just backups themselves), but that’s only part of the picture. Data breaches are staggeringly common and sometimes go undiscovered for months on end, leaving businesses exposed and potentially liable for the data loss. Planning, implementing, executing, and regular TESTING a data disaster recovery strategy is absolutely essential to a successful restoration of services. Rather than only focusing on keeping intruders out, make a comprehensive plan to bounce back in the event there is a breach.
Ready to modernize your company’s IT strategy? The only way to keep up with the shifting landscape of cybersecurity is to enlist the help of a talented and knowledgeable team of experts with vast resources at their backs. CMIT Solutions of Seattle can be the support you need to stay afloat in the wake of a data breach. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our staff or to learn more about how we can help your company succeed in the 21st century.