While still a relatively new technology, BYOD has been rising in popularity – and for good reason. The goal behind BYOD is to provide employees the freedom to use their own device at work and in most cases, to use their own apps or services.
When employees use a personal device at work, any compromise of the device could result in a data breach. As a result, many companies are just now getting around to implementing BYOD policies.
While this growing trend gives employees the ability to work remotely, saves on costs and improves work efficiency, it also brings a range of security risks and challenges in terms of securing data, corporate networks and mobile device management.
The solution? Businesses and organizations need to move beyond traditional security practices and look into technology that can help them establish BYOD policies, control access and prevent data loss.
More data breaches are a result of insufficient passwords than any other method. This is particularly true on the admin side, where the administrator may have access to all company records.
The days of creating “easy to remember”, passwords are should be over.
But in reality, it’s human nature to take shortcuts. And when it comes to passwords, “the easy way” can seriously put a company at risk.
If employees have not been educated on password security, the company is at risk of a data breach.
All companies, both large and small should have guidelines and standard operating procedures around the use and reuse of passwords.
Password Security 101
We’ve discussed the importance of disaster recovery for businesses at length on our blog. By going through a proper disaster recovery exercise, you can be certain:
“We’re a small business. We’re not likely a target for hackers.”
Do you believe this common misconception? Don’t think a data breach won’t happen to you.
Some companies, SMBs in particular, believe they are immune to IP theft or cybercrime because they feel only larger organizations like Sony will be targeted. But according to Symantec, 31% of targeted attacks focus on businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
If you want to know what kind of risk businesses are truly faced with, have a look at these startling statistics about data backup.
IT hardware and software requires routine maintenance and adjustments.
Think of your IT infrastructure as you would your car. If you don’t put oil in your car, the engine won’t operate as it should. Both software and hardware need ongoing care to ensure peak performance.
With software in particular, it is important to install security patches whenever they are available.
If support for a system ends, like the Windows XP operating system, security holes may exist and this is exactly what hackers will target.
Once a security hole is found, (often within the hours immediately following the release of a patch) it is exploited very quickly, so be sure to install security patches as soon as possible. Unpatched computers pose a huge risk to the company network by providing an open window for hackers and virus writers to exploit.
In the world of business, as Vince Lombardi astutely observed about the game of football, “The best defense is a good offense.”
When it comes to defending the sensitive data within your network, going on the offensive is a surefire way to tackle the “unknown” particularly in today’s age of rampant viruses and sophisticated computer hackers. No matter how big or small, all companies are at risk of security threats to their network.
Contact Ontech Systems online or by phone at (262) 522-8560 and request a no-obligation, Free Network Discovery where one of our Network Consultants will evaluate your network along with any overlooked aspects of data recovery, security performance and infrastructure that might otherwise remain unnoticed – until disaster strikes.
Our Network Consultant will meet with you to discuss (without technical jargon) ways your business can take a pro-active approach to IT and avoid any mistakes that might compromise your business and potentially cost you thousands of dollars down the road.
Call us today at (262) 522-8560 or send us a request online for a free Network Discovery to get started.
We’re approaching the end of our data backup and recovery series, and next up we’ll be concluding this 5-part series with “The Simple Formula to Determine How Much Business You’ll Lose in the Event of a Disaster”, so follow us on Facebook and stay tuned!
Between cyber threats, accidental damage and equipment failure, it is not a matter of if, but WHEN a security threat...