Keeping data safe is critical for businesses but organizations are struggling, with 83% saying they need improvements in data security. Data security can be an overwhelming task; there’s a lot companies need to think about such as compliance requirements, data breaches, access management, etc.  Although it may seem difficult, there are many ways organizations can be cyber smart about securing their data. Here are 4 tips your organization can use to start securing your data.

Source: PwC

How You Can Protect Your Data

1. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA): Having a strong password is essential but it’s not enough. Many people either reuse passwords or use simple ones that are easy to guess. This leads to a variety of password attacks that can give hackers access to your accounts. One way to combat this is to use multi-factor authentication. MFA typically involves an additional code sent to your mobile that a user enters in addition to their password. Other types of MFA include using hardware or mobile tokens. The point of this additional step is to verify your identity. That way, even if a hacker has your password, they would not be able to enter your account without the additional authentication code.

2. Backup and encrypt your data: Losing your data to threats like ransomware, natural disasters or accidental deletion can cause a wide variety of problems (e.g. downtime, compliance reporting, loss of customer satisfaction/trust, etc.) for your company. This is why it’s important to backup your data, whether you use a hybrid or cloud solution. Backing up your data regularly will help you restore access in the event of a problem. Additionally, encrypting your data will make your data harder to access in case it gets into the wrong hands. You should encrypt data while in transit when backing up and at rest where it’s stored. We offer cloud and hybrid backups that uses military grade 256 AES encryption with our Store IT platform.

3. Protect your Network: Securing your network is important because if people can access it, they can get into your files. To strengthen your network, you should consider using the following: a firewall, anti-virus and WiFi protection. Firewalls act as a filter between your organization and the internet, which can prevent corporate data from leaving the network or blocking certain websites. Antivirus scans your network for malicious threats, which can help detect viruses before they spread. Lastly, using secure WiFi access points will help prevent hackers from hacking your routers and getting into your network. Our Secure IT platform has a variety of security products that will protect your network, including the installation of next generation firewalls and access points.

4. Develop a culture of cybersecurity awareness: Organizations cannot rely on technology alone to protect their data. They need to have a culture of cybersecurity embedded into the fabric of their organization. This can be done through official policies and cyber awareness training. Enforcing a security policy, such as requiring password changes every 90 days, keeps security at the forefront. Additionally, educating your employees will give them knowledge of the threat landscape and help them avoid potential cyber threats like phishing and social engineering. Use our Secure IT – Training course to start educating your employees today.