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As a technology company, Zinc have always had to be proactive about data security. We’re currently working towards our ISO27001 accreditation, and advise hundreds of clients each month on how to keep their businesses secure.
Businesses carry an enormous amount of vital data, from information about your employees and operations to the clients that you have. It’s your responsibility as a company to protect this data.
Here’s what you need to know about protecting the data your company holds.
When a device connects to your company wifi, it has a connection to every other device on that network. In a business, these other devices are very likely to have sensitive data from both your company and your customers.
In order to protect your business from this kind of threat, a guest wifi is a good idea to ensure that the company data is isolated. This way, you have complete control over who is connecting to your network.
In the annual list from SplashData in which the most common passwords are named and shamed, ‘123456’ and ‘Password’ are still holding the top two spots. These passwords may be easy to remember, but they’re also incredibly easy to crack.
It’s best to choose a password that includes both upper and lower-case letters, as well as some special characters. We’d also recommend changing this password regularly, and varying it for different sites, so that one breach doesn’t lead to several.
Almost two thirds of data breaches are caused by human error. By clicking on a suspicious link, downloading something they shouldn’t, or connecting their device to an untrustworthy network, employees expose their company to online threats. Education is the best security measure that can be taken here – many don’t realise the risk that they’re exposing their company to.
It might seem like your machine is constantly suggesting updates, but this is for a very good reason. Often, these updates are a steady stream of patches for the security issues that have only just been discovered. If you don’t update, your software isn’t prepared to defend against risks that are now known to people who will want to take advantage of them.
Most companies have a contingency plan for disasters such as a data-centre outage or a physical problem, but it’s common to overlook a cyber-attack. It’s important to consistently backup your files to avoid any data loss. A regular backup is vital, but many companies don’t have one, or fail to store it in a safe place in preparation for an online attack.
Here at Zinc, we keep a daily backup so that we can restore everything we’ve been working on. This is stored on the cloud, so that it can be recovered in any event.
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