Customer details, financial records, staff information – you probably store lots of sensitive data on your business computers. If you use cloud computing services, you might have sensitive data stored outside your business too.
Wherever that data is, it’s important you take a multi-layered approach to keep it safe.
Your business needs good security equipment to ensure strong computer internet security. This may include the following hardware:
You also need some key computer protection software to secure your IT system:
It’s important you keep all the software on your business computers up to date, as attackers often take advantage of security holes in older software versions. Often, newer versions of software – like Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system – contain additional security features to protect your business.
In many ways, storing your business data in the cloud is actually more secure than relying on servers in your business. If you choose a trusted cloud provider, they may have a whole team of people working just on security. After all, their business relies on their reputation – and a single security breach could spell disaster for them.
It’s no good using impregnable computer protection software if anyone can walk into your business and steal your PCs. Take steps to ensure physical security:
Take special care of portable items like laptops, smart phones and memory sticks. These are easily stolen, lost or damaged. In such cases, the data stored on the devices is often worth more than the hardware itself, so make sure files are backed up elsewhere and that you have 'remote wipe' or 'remote kill' enabled.
Computer protection is best approached in a structured way. Analyse the risks faced by your business and how to protect against them by putting together a security plan. You also need strong IT policies covering key aspects of computer protection:
Establish standard procedures so your staff know how to prevent, spot and respond to computer internet security threats.
Early detection can really help to minimise the damage caused by a virus or malicious hacking attempt. Try and foster an open approach to reporting security issues, so staff aren’t tempted to try and hide problems, even if they are at fault.