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What Is the Weakest Link in Your Data Security?

It’s no secret that the answer to the question above is not “what” the weakest link is, but “who”. The weakest links for securing company data and maintaining its’ security, are the people that work at the company.

In the past, typical business methods of data security included running annual risk assessments, maintaining and enforcing IT policies, and creating data breach safety plans. Certainly, these plans must evolve as the threats grow more intense and more sophisticated.

Other than the obvious ways of trying to avoid data theft, breaches, or security hacks, how can we reduce the risk of a data breach to the lowest possible amount? What else can we do to keep our company data safe?

It takes just one person and the click of a button to enable a breach in the right setting. Most of the time, you don’t find out until it is too late, and your data has already been exposed and ransomware has attacked and infected your system or software.

Many companies now have a data breach emergency plan in place. Why? Because it’s not a matter of could it happen, but rather, when it will happen to you. Get prepared with better data security. Read below…

Here are some questions to ask as it relates to company data security:
1. Do you have a plan of security for our data?
-What is the plan?
2. Is this plan regularly tested to identify potential flaws?
3. Do you have a plan of company security awareness?
4. How often are the users of this data refreshed and informed on security awareness?

It is important for the staff and the supervisors to know and understand how these threats can attack and how they can be avoided. This information changes as Internet threats evolve, so your company must have a regular method of sharing up to date information on the latest potential threats to the data system.
The IT Department should lead a monthly or quarterly meeting on how to educate the employees at avoiding risks through the internet.

Here are some tips on what to share at the employee meetings:
*Explain what phishing is and why it is so harmful.
*Explain how Internet scams spread and how they are shared.
*Send out monthly tips on how to avoid scams and how to recognize them.
*Perform random tests of the computing systems using industry standard antivirus and malware tools.
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