We’re at a point now with data security that it takes an “all hands on deck” approach to keep an organization safe from cybercriminals. In some cases, it’s not even the outside threats that are the danger — it’s simple housekeeping items that are forgotten that lead to security issues.
Too many examples are out there today that prove how a cybersecurity incident can be detrimental to an organization. And the examples span many industries, so it’s not like cybercriminals are interested in only a handful. This requires everyone to have at least some knowledge of how to minimize their risks, even if that isn’t something that falls under their specific job description.
Organizations that are having success in being proactive in their approach all follow similar steps, which your organization should consider as well:
· Clear Your IT Infrastructure
While it’s practically impossible to account for every data breach because innovative cybercriminals find new ways to infiltrate on a daily basis, you can take steps to encrypt your data and remove anything sensitive from your IT infrastructure. How you handle your customers’ credit card information and other personal and sensitive information needs to be carefully thought out.
· Develop a Vision
Fully examine all the ways in which a data breach can affect your daily business workflow. Look for areas that represent a weakness and develop a strategy for how you’re going to address the weak points. Discuss these issues regularly with your IT security team and executives. Take proactive measures to protect yourself and develop a business continuity plan should you be attacked.
· Get Management on Board
While your executives will know a great deal about your organization, getting into the minutiae of IT security is probably not going to be their strong suit. However, when you address the costs associated with experiencing a data security issue, they’ll be all ears. You need their buy-in if you’re going to be fully supported, so speak in terms they’ll understand and don’t get too deep in details that will make their eyes glaze over.
When you bring on a cloud communications expert to assist you with your IT solutions, including data security, you can get ahead of the curve. The best providers will conduct a thorough audit and analysis to reveal what your organization needs. They will be systematic in their review and propose the best solutions.
At Access Tech, we have years of experience providing end-to-end objective support. Contact us today and let’s talk about your organization’s needs.