Any business has proprietary information they need to protect – from trade secrets to important data like revenue. Whether it’s hackers or competitors, business owners don’t want this information to get into the wrong hands. There are many IT security solutions and products that can help, but where do you even start?
Short of highlighting an entire, business-wide comprehensive security plan, there are a few things you can check to maintain the security of your proprietary information.
Employees can be the biggest weakness when it comes to protecting your data, but it’s probably not the malicious or intentional potential breach that you may think.
It’s important to make sure the security processes you have in place are relatively easy to implement and follow. Employees are only human and they get tired or, more often, busy. As a result, employees can overlook or forget the details of a complicated security protocol. After all, security protocols only work if your employees actually follow and implement them.
IT Security with Remote Workers
An extension of the security vulnerabilities with employees pertains to the remote workforce. When your employees are working from home, there is naturally a lot less control over what security protocols are in place.
A few things you can do with remote employees include:
- Implementing a policy to not share company information via personal email addresses.
- Make sure laptops and other devices have a remote lock-out and wipe function in the event company equipment gets lost or stolen.
- Require employees to password-protect their home Wi-Fi system.
- Require all remote work goes through a secured network, like a VPN.
Hardware and Software
All of the hardware every employee uses must have adequate firewalls and protective software. Whether it’s a POS or a desktop, firewalls, antimalware and password protection can go a long way.
It’s also important to update all software solutions. Often, software developers will discover a weakness in their product and release an update that corrects the issue. The only problem is the user has to run the software update or your risk exposing your data to a known issue.
If you need help finding IT security solutions to protect your trade secrets and business information, contact us.