A recent survey shows some statistics of security issues affecting the companies around the globe during 2012:
- On an average, Australian and US companies had data that resulted in the greatest number of exposed or compromised records.
- German companies were most likely to experience a criminal attack, followed by the Australian and Japanese companies.
- With an average of 34,249, the Australian companies have the highest number of illegal records.
The need to follow some tips arise for securing business premises with the upgraded business security system are appended below:
The risk and the damage that can be done
- Although strategies and technologies are different between businesses that is relative to their size, small businesses can take a big breakdown, if they are not aware of the Internet and cyber security.
- A website which is being hacked or confidential information being stolen or corrupted can end up costing many thousands of dollars.
- The impact on your reputation and customer relationships is at the hold; and failing to observe agreements can lead you for a loss.
Types of breaches
Breaches to security can occur in one of the following three ways:
- Technical breaches include things like system failures, website or server hacking and security issues.
- The physical breaches relate to the physical access to the equipment used i.e., the PC, laptop or even server equipment.
- Personnel refers to the employees who work with or for you.
To ensure maximum security, reduce the risk of breaches and access to private information, following are the top tips for minimizing your exposure to risk in each of the three main areas.
1. Be sure that your servers, computers and mobile devices have anti-virus, malware, firewalls and spyware correctly installed and up to date to the latest version.
2. It is essential that you look into more specific technologies, such as encryption software to ensure the protection of customer information and prevent theft during transactions, utilise external payment processing company, such as PayPal.
3. Keep your technological systems up to date. Ensure that you’re running the latest operating system, your database is protected and you regularly update your system. Manufacturers regularly update the security and protection inbuilt into the system so keep them up to date, to ensure maximum security.
Policy and Processes
1. Access to the equipment needs to be restricted, not only from those who are regularly in the area in which you work (home or a small office), but also from some external visitors.
2. Keep your equipment hidden from interpretation and ensure that you have strict policy around screen locks and passwords. Changing passwords regularly and ensuring passwords differ between the equipment, accounts and other system access will help improve security.
3. Where possible, set your system up; so that, strong passwords are used and allow password changes for yourself and others on a regular basis.
1. It’s essential that only the people who genuinely need access only get the access. Limit it to the minimum people as possible.
2. Develop a system’s usage and security policy, communicate it to everyone in your organization to enforce it.
3. Personnel also need to be kept informed and up to date on security issues, new viruses and scams making the rounds. Include this information in your policies and processes, and regularly check to ensure that personnel are following all the updated security procedures.
Remember, no system strategy or process is 100% secure. The best you can do is keep everything updated, layer your security measures and ensure your policies and processes are followed to reduce the risk of information security threats.