- The cloud as trusted backup and recovery solution
Storing data in the cloud means accessible information wherever you are and no longer storing all the data and information on your (personal) devices. In addition cloud storage solutions offer the highest level of safety, durability and security. It is also a guarantee of adequate disaster recovery, a form of ‘insurance’ that you as a company may need to use once every ten years.
- Frequently update software and operation systems
We’re not going to lie, updates are a real burden for many of us and we tend to press the button ‘remind me later’ on a regular basis. Although, these updates are necessary to protect your devices from security threats. Updates usually contain security patches that previous versions don’t contain as these threats are recently discovered. So keep in mind that the next time you decline an update, you’re allowing your devices and yourself to be at risk of security threats. We therefore recommend you to enable automatic updates.
- Encrypt data
Encryption is the act of converting text into a code so that only authorized users with a key (decryption key) or password have access to it. By doing so you’re safeguarding data against cyber criminals willing to steal your personal information. Encryption plays a critical role in the security of IT systems and communications. We advise you to encrypt valuable information, not only sensitive data but any data that is considered as personal and as relevant for people with malicious interests. Hereby not only focus on the data stored on your devices but also data that is being transferred.
- Restricted access to sensitive/personal information
Determine who has access to which files and documented information. This is important because not everyone within your business should be able to consult sensitive or personal information. In case something goes wrong, e.g. when information is deleted, changed or shared with third parties, it is a good idea to keep a log of everyone accessing the information.
- Encourage your employees to use strong passwords/passphrases
We all get that passwords are important to safeguard our data, but we often choose for the same password over and over again out of convenience. Because, let’s be honest, it’s not easy to come up with passwords that are 1. strong and 2. Easy to remember. Password generators are the solution for problem 1 and password managers can help you to remember all of your passwords or passphrases. So no excuses anymore to make it easy for hackers to steal your data!
- Overwrite deleted files
Think data is gone forever when you’ve deleted it on your computer? Think again! This data is often stored on other places like a disk or in the cloud. This data can thus be easily recovered by someone who knows what he or she is doing. We don’t have to say that these people don’t always have good intentions, don’t we? A tip that we want to give you is that overwriting old data or files is an excellent way to get rid of old information.
- Provide security training for employees
Company leaders already know the importance of proper cybersecurity measurements and are willing to invest in resources to protect their company from cyberattacks. This is a great start but investing In a recurring cybersecurity training and policy for your employees is also essential as they are often the reason that hackers get the chance to commit their crime. Think about phishing mails, weak passwords or connecting to an unprotected WIFI network.