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Over the last few years the media has regularly reported on high-profile data breaches, with cheating site Ashley Madison - where the personal details of around 32 million members were leaked - being the latest company in the limelight. The loss of data has had a major impact on big corporations from financial to breach of trust. However, it’s not just the big companies that get targeted, SMEs are too. In the US last year a staggering $3.5 million losses were recorded from an average data breach.
This week protection specialist Bit9 + Carbon Black released a survey showing that consumers in Britain are increasingly concerned that there are many data breaches companies have yet to discover. The researchers found that high-profiled security breaches have led to increased fear among the public, with 81% of people worrying that cyber criminals might've already stolen their data without anyone noticing.
But you can put your customers minds at rest by adopting these six practices from 360ict:
- Stay up-to-date with software, data security news and internal reports
Updating all the software you use daily is essential to keeping your business secure. This includes operating systems and anti-virus software.
- Create and follow suitable security and backup procedures
Security and backup procedures differ for each company, it’s always worth talking to a risk management expert.
- Monitor security hazards, regulation and compliance
- Track your digital data
It’s important to understand what data is business-critical or sensitive and what isn’t. You must track this data and identify how it’s used and where it’s stored.
- Manage access to onsite data and protect data taken offsite
One of the main security hazards we face at the moment is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Locking down your data on the move has always been important but now companies need to control data on employees devices and accounts as well as on storage platforms. Picking the correct storage platform is also essential, with many companies opting for the cloud.
- Correctly dispose of data, documents, and equipment that stores data
360ict provides managed IT services and support for SMEs in central London and the south-east, including Croydon and Bromley. For more advice on gaining competitive advantage as a mid-sized company, give us a call on 0208 663 4000 or head to our website.