In today’s world, data is the most important asset that any company has. And you need to take the right steps to protect it. If you don’t, you could be a victim of hacking of your customer information, financial information, or secret sauce. Here are six steps you can take to protect your data today:

Threat Response

If you don’t know that a threat exists, you can’t protect against it. If a hacker gains entry to your system undetected, they can wreak havoc and ruin your business. That is why having managed detection and response services personnel is so vital. You cannot be at all places at once. If you hire a company to manage your network, they can alert you when there is a problem and help you shut off the intruder before it’s too late.

Network Monitoring

Know what kind of network traffic you have. Know where the network is coming from and going to. This lets you detect if something strange is happening, such as a large upload or download. You can also visualize your data to make smart decisions about avoiding threats in the future such as investing in additional firewalls.

Silo

You need to silo your information so everything is not in the same place. If your secret product information is in the same place as your financial information, it only takes one hack to get all of your info.

One way you can silo information is to have separate servers with different protocols. And make sure your administrator knows to use different passwords.

Another way to silo is to use firewalls. These block hacks at the TCP level so it physically prevents data from going in or going out, solving a lot of issues that could happen down the line.

Thirdly, you can silo off information by using air gaps. If you have incredibly sensitive information that you are not using often but that you need to keep protected, this is a great option. An air gap is when you don’t even have the device that is storing the information connected to the network or internet of any kind. Therefore, without the encryption password it is impossible for it be hacked. It can be more expensive than the other options but is necessary in some cases and could save you from a disaster.

Staffing

Having the right staff on board can make all the difference when it comes to your data security. IT personnel should be highly disciplined and trained. Ideally they would have years of experience in your industry. This minimizes the likelihood that they make a mistake. Picking the right security staff will help you be at ease knowing that your data is in good hands.

Employee Satisfaction

One of the biggest threats to your information is actually your own employees. If they are not happy with your company, they could find a way to get revenge. They might get paid by another company to hack you because they feel they are not being paid well enough. Or they may simply sabotage your system and ruin your data. Make sure your workers are happy and well compensated so you don’t have to deal with a threat within.

Phishing Training

Phishing is the act of pretending to be a bank employee, high level executive, or other official that your company deals with. They send an email and spoof the address so it looks official. However, when your employee clicks on the link in the email, a script is run which steals your data. Have your email system separate from the sensitive files in your organization and make sure workers double check before clicking on any links.

When it comes to data, security should be your first priority. All the tips above can help you create a strategy to avoid being hacked and the heartache of fixing a major issue resulting from it. So implement them today and have peace of mind that your data is truly secure.

 

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Finn Pierson is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who specializes in business technology. He is drawn to the technological world because of its quickly paced and constantly changing environment. He believes embracing technology is essential to capturing success in any business and strives to inspire and encourage top technological practices in business leaders across the globe. He's a fan of podcasts, bokeh and smooth jazz. His time is mostly spent learning the piano and watching his Golden Retriever Julian chase a stick.