Cyber security is something all businesses pay great attention to. This is well understood, for the past year it saw around 781 data breaches that compromised close to 170 million private records, according to Identity Theft Resource Centre. This staggering statistic goes to show that no one is safe in today’s world from data breaches and other security threats as well.
Awareness about security threats has been spread through many blog pieces and news articles, and business owners have not failed to notice them either. But what matters is not being informed about something but being prepared for it. Therefore, we provide you 5 simple steps you can take to evaluate your security and try to protect yourself from the many security risks in today’s world.
5 quick steps to Evaluate Security
- Access control policies
Many companies only pay attention to what the high-level employees can and cannot access. However, a company should have a well-defined policy for access control for all levels of employees. It is important that you have strict guidelines as to who can access what.
- Assess your IT Security
Although this looks a cumbersome and arduous task, it is basically a combination of small yet vital tasks. The best way to start with assessing your IT security is to have a good idea about your data. You should know what type of data is stored in your systems and what data from this set is absolutely critical for your company. This analysis should be done by employees of different levels in unison. Your IT team and the high-level employees would of course be heavily involved.
- Evaluate security and risk strategies
When you have a good idea of what data is critical and needs to be protected at all costs, you need to evaluate your current security system and policies. Find out about the latest security threats you might face and check whether your company’s security system is good enough to fend it off. Apart from evaluating your security mechanism you also need to pay attention to your risk strategies. Have a mitigation strategy planned in advanced for the event of a security breach.
Having access control and security policies is always a good practise, but having an audit that shows data access records is even more important. This helps you find out what data has been accessed by whom. This in turn would enable you to keep a check on which employee is accessing what part of the data and whether anyone is breaking the rules. If found so, you need to take swift action against the concerned employee and then assess your security once again to know how that employee was able to bypass the access control system.
- Plan ahead and be prepared
You can have all the security systems security software you want, but there is never a 100% guarantee that you will not be attacked or your system will never be breached. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that you plan for the future, that you have a well-defined strategy for any security breach that might happen in the future. Have your consultants and top executives hold regular meetings with the IT team to know about the security system. You should identify the external help you would need in the event of a breach and grant some high-level employees the power to hire them quickly when your system is breached. All this planning helps save time, which in turn helps minimise the damage.
Security breaches in companies all over the world, whether big or small, rocked the entire business community in 2015. The past year was suggestive of the fact that there is a lot of work to be done to protect oneself from the security threats online. The steps discussed in this article can help you get started with the job of protecting yourself.