Digital security has always been important, and it is becoming more and more critical than ever before. Many companies are now considering continuing the remote work strategy that was adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A company would lock down its brick-and-mortar store to keep the valuables secured, ensuring the security of information of employees and online business transactions is very important and has to be taken care of appropriately.
These statistics will give a clear idea about the importance of securing digital information: about 73 digital records are compromised every second since 2013. Hackers do not set major corporations alone as their targets. Small and medium-sized businesses also are prone to attacks from hackers. Data is highly valuable and keeping it protected is quintessential for the security of your business and it assures your customers that all their information is protected. Regardless of the size of your business, here are 5 tips that will be helpful in bolstering your digital security.
The most important digital security tip is to stay updated when it comes to network security software and training. Updating your security software and training has to be done by ensuring that they align with your business policies. Needless to say, your security software should be up to date, but you should also ensure that other software you use are up to date. Giving enough attention to all software you use adds a thick layer of security to your business.
Providing training to your employees on safe practices is very important. Educate them about password changes and social media security.
Avoid Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware is a common internet fraud where the cybercriminals get hold of your data and release them only after you pay the ransom they demand. The worry of losing important data or it being used for malicious purposes makes many companies agree to the demands of the attackers. To avoid losses due to ransomware attacks, backup your files regularly, particularly on cloud formats so that you can access them any time from any location.
Prefer Sharing Files Over Sending Them
When it came into effect for the first time, sending attachments over the internet was regarded as a revolutionary achievement. When the techniques to shrink files and send them over the internet were developed, files of huge volume became just a click away. They are still important but storing files on a cloud server and sharing the location is considered a safer approach than sending the files and letting the person at the other end download and possess it. Being able to share files reduces the risk of them being mishandled or getting stored in an unsecured location.
Use A Private Network
If you want to access anything related to your business, do that with a private network. Hotels are mostly secure but still take necessary precautions. Public areas like coffee shops aren’t as secure even though they claim to be.
Never Use The Auto-Connect Feature
Auto-connecting to networks is a safe option only if you are at home or the office. You would have no idea about the network security practices at a friend’s place or a hotel. The caution you exercise to avoid attacks from hackers has to be used to secure your business information in all instances.
All the tips discussed in the article and others have to be revisited considering the rapid growth of technology and attacks from cybercriminals.