From email phishing to Denial-of-Service (DOS) attacks, we live in a world where our data is being breached or corrupted every second. Security our data and our clients data is crucial. There are some very simple steps every person and business can take to increase their security posture. Here are a few:
Implementing strong passwords is the easiest thing you can do to strengthen your security.
Use a combination of capital and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols, and make it 8 to 12 characters long.
Change your password every 90-120 days
personal data (such as your birthdate)
common words spelled backwards
sequences of characters or numbers, or those that are close together on the keyboard
Install Antivirus Protection
Antivirus and anti-malware software are essentials in your arsenal of online security weapons. Do not depend on the expired trial or software included with your computer.
The free tools are worth what you paid for them...
Update your Programs Regularly
Making sure your computer is patched and updated. Why install all this great software if you're not going to maintain it?!
Scheduling regular backups to an external hard drive, or in the cloud, is a painless way to ensure that all your data is stored safely.
Create a complete backup weekly.
Educate your Employees
Teaching your employees about safe online habits and proactive defense is crucial.
Educating your non-IT staff is a more effective strategy than expecting your IT security staff to constantly react to end users’ bad decisions. Make sure your employees understand how important your company's data is, and all the measures they can take to protect it.
Check out our Data Security Basics Course