Ensure your data is being stored securely in the Cloud

The Cloud is a great, cost-effective and convenient tool for businesses to store and sync data. The ability to access data from anywhere with an internet connection has changed the way businesses and their staff can operate. However, it is important to take precautions and make sure that the Cloud solution you choose will keep your data secure and encrypted. One question to ask when looking at cloud providers is, “Will my information be destroyed securely if the relationship ends?” One Cloud provider we recommend is Box, a platform that provides safeguards to support your organization’s compliance with HIPAA.

Smartphone Security

According to a new study of 4,300 U.S adults by the research firm Gartner, 40% of U.S. employees of large enterprises use personally owned devices for work. Although this can be great for efficiency purposes, it is very easy for a smart phone to become a security risk. For example, malicious software can be loaded onto phones through downloaded apps or virus laden e-mails. If the infected phone is plugged into an office computer, the malware is free to infiltrate the organization’s computer system.

What you can do to minimize the risk of a security breach is:

  1. Make your employees aware of the security risks.
  2. Ask your employees to use passcodes on their mobile devices.
  3. Consider a mobile device management product.
  4. Wipe employer information remotely if a phone or other mobile device is lost or stolen.

Stay Informed of the Latest Hacks

One of the best ways to prevent a hack is to stay informed. The FBI routinely advises private industry of various cyber threats found during investigations. To avoid infection, be sure to install quality, business-grade anti-malware software. Anti-malware software won’t work unless it is kept current and up-to-date, so it is critical to stay on top of updates.

One simple reminder to staff that can protect company computers is to turn them off at the end of the work day. Computers that are always on are more susceptible to attacks.

Is it imperative for businesses to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cybersecurity. A data breach can not only be stressful and costly, but can turn into a legal matter if employee or customer’s personal data is compromised. What you can do to minimize the risk is stay informed and have policies in place if a security incident occurs. For more information, you can check out the Federal Communications Commission’s Small Biz Cyber Planner. This free online resource can help you get started creating your customized cybersecurity plan. Questions? You can always contact our office at (904) 429-4588.