While there is no question that security is important to any business, there is often a disconnect between this principle and any actual implementations that it reflects. Unfortunately, this can often leave a business vulnerable. To prevent this outcome, it is important that you follow a few best practices when it comes to fortifying your business against attack.
Good security practices will require a process for your team to follow. Take the time to go through every aspect of your business’ infrastructure and develop the policies to ensure that your security is solid. As you do so, make sure you are addressing all scenarios and situations, including things like…
- What qualifies as confidential data, when and how this data is to be shared, best practices and requirements for storage and access credentials
- How devices used for work are to be maintained and handled, which devices may be approved for use, how to get a device approved
- How employees are required to go about transferring data, remote work policies, threat reporting processes
… as well as the other considerations that pertain to your business and its data. S3 Technologies can help you through this as well, to make sure nothing is missed.
While many organizations tend to underestimate the importance of sufficient employee training, overlooking it could potentially bring down the whole of your operations. Time and again, a business’ employees have been shown to be that business’ largest vulnerability. Most often, this is simply due to ignorance, rather than the negligence or active malice that many managers and owners would presume.
After all, your employees are mathematically the most fallible of your many business resources. Not only are errors a very real possibility, cybercriminals have learned that technology is considerably harder to fool than a human being. As a result, there are considerably more threats out there that target your employees directly.
Phishing, or the attempt to gain critical information or access by posing as someone or something else to fool a user, is regularly deployed against professional and private users alike. While the most familiar example of phishing may be the classic Nigerian Prince scam, assuming that all attempts are so easy to spot is a shortsighted mistake that could leave your team more vulnerable to the much more sophisticated phishing attacks that are common enough today.
This is just one example of the many best practices that your employees need to know but are commonly overlooked, especially as time passes. Ongoing training and evaluation will help to maintain awareness of these threats, and resultantly encourage your team to be more diligent about subscribing to set processes.
Of course, every business should also have security measures and solutions in place to guard against attacks and unwanted access. Installing and maintaining tools like firewalls, antivirus, virtual private networking, and others is key to ensuring that your systems are as well-defended against threats as possible. S3 Technologies can help here as well by performing a network audit to identify weak points and the solutions needed to resolve them.
Security isn’t something that any business can afford to shortchange. Working with a trusted MSP like S3 Technologies ensures that you are properly protecting your business with sustainable and effective measures. To find out more, reach out to our team by calling (505)242-5683 today.