Most business owners who operate today will appreciate that it is important to take care of the computer systems being used within that business. Chances are, in your company you use a whole range of different kinds of system, and the fact is that all of these are vulnerable in one way or another. As useful or even necessary as they might be, you do need to make sure that you are protecting them as best as you can – and that is something that you should be sure of from the start. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the essential measures you should think about taking in order to secure your business’ security systems. As long as you follow these, you will be in a much stronger position.
You will of course want to do whatever you can to stop people getting a hold of your data in the first place. But should they do so, you then need to know that they cannot at least access it or read it. The only way to be sure of that to any degree is to encrypt your data. You don’t necessarily need to encrypt all of your data – in fact, that might be a waste of time – but you should make sure that you encrypt all data which is sensitive and which you want to keep private. Sometimes, this will be for legal purposes, as under the Data Protection Act. And sometimes, it will be just because you want to keep some intellectual property safe from thieves. In any case, be sure to encrypt your hard drive as much as is necessary to do so.
Any computer in the world that is connected to the internet can be the victim of a virus attack. Such an attack might be targeted, or it might be that it spread to that particular machine quite accidentally, but in either case it is going to cause some harm. Just as you need to protect your own personal devices from such attacks, so too must you protect your business’ devices from those same attacks. The only way to really go about doing this is to install the best Virus and Spyware Protection you can buy. Make sure that software is set up to scan your entire network regularly, ideally every night after the office is closed. This will keep your systems much more secure.
Ask any hacker and they will tell you that passwords are notoriously terrible at keeping anything secure. That’s because in the vast majority of cases, those passwords are simply not strong enough – and a password which you can remember in your own head is almost always not secure enough. To get around this, consider using a password manager. You only need to remember one password for this software, which then generates passwords for other purposes you need them for. Those passwords will be highly secure, and you won’t even be able to tell someone what they are accidentally!