While the goal of a business is to ultimately make money, it is also important to maintain a high level of security. You not only want to protect the information and knowledge of your company but also the private data you collect from customers or clients. Unfortunately, this information can be valuable to hackers or cybercriminals.
Cybercrime is rising at an alarming rate, and as a result, companies need to be more focused on security than ever before. Thankfully, the many innovations in the technology space have helped keep businesses safer. This article is going to look closer at that idea and identify several ways technologies of all kinds are keeping businesses safe.
Allowing Us to Back Up Important Data
While cyber crimes are indeed a threat, they are not the only threat to the security of our data. Something as simple or routine as a power outage or a computer failing could spell disaster. For example, if all client data is kept on a certain computer, and it crashes, all of the information is lost. Well, that is, unless you utilize backups.
A backup can be a lifesaver in a situation like that and can ensure all sensitive information is safe and protected. You can manually create backups by using an external hard drive and updating it frequently. However, more and more companies are opting to use cloud-based solutions as it is often a simpler and more scalable approach.
Controls Who Has Access to Private Information
You might think that most data breaches and other attacks are perpetrated by hackers and criminals, but that isn’t the case. It is actually human error and negligence that is among the largest reasons for data breaches. This is often from people falling for phishing scams, not using strong passwords or leaving their computers open, logged in and unattended.
One of the best ways to limit the prevalence of human error-related breaches is to control who has access to the sensitive information your business houses. The fewer people that have access to information, the lower the chance it can become compromised. Exchange management tools and other tools focusing on access control can help you easily monitor and manage who has access to certain information.
Use Anti-Virus Software or Firewalls to Protect Operations
Considering how much business is done online and how many web applications most companies use, it is more important than ever to use anti-virus software and firewalls. These are all about protecting your code and web apps from malicious attacks. Anti-virus software will protect your operations and also search through code or emails to seek out any potential threats.
A firewall sweeps throughout your web apps to make sure no threats are present. Of course, these firewalls and pieces of anti-virus software need to be updated frequently so they work correctly. Threats are always changing, so keeping these updated will ensure your business is always well equipped to handle potential threats.
The Use of Multi-Factor Authentication
While passwords on accounts and computers are important, they can easily be cracked. Thankfully, innovations such as multi-factor authentication can add an extra layer of protection to accounts. One of the most common is 2FA (two-factor authentication), where someone logging into an account will have to provide another piece of evidence that they are supposed to be using that account.
For example, after entering a password, you might have to enter a unique one-time code or have to scan your fingerprint. This ensures that the person attempting to log into the account is really the owner of said account. Most services have a 2FA feature, so be sure to use it.
Hopefully, this article has shown you some of the many ways that technology is keeping us and our businesses safer.