IT security work, when done right, takes a lot of diligence because the threats are increasing at a dramatic rate and they’re quite advanced, which can make them difficult to detect. By creating a solid strategy, you can do your part in keeping your information secure.
It Begins With Password Protection
An easy way for a hacker to gain access to a system is by guessing passwords. Too many users choose weak passwords, making them an obvious target. For example, to this day, despite the frequency of data breaches making headlines, the most popular passwords are “123456” and “password.” It makes an IT security expert cringe when they see this, but they need to do their part in educating users.
There are some really basic guidelines that everyone should follow, including using a different password for disparate programs. Obviously, passwords should never be written down, and they should never be used from private accounts, such as a social media login or email. Instead, try strengthening your passwords by including upper and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.
To add an extra layer of protection, use multi-factor authentication. Once you’ve entered your password, you’ll be directed to enter a code, often sent to your mobile device, which will grant you access to your site of choice. Yes, it’s an extra step, but it’s one that can keep cyber criminals out and your company data safe.
Educate Early and Often
Don’t let a new employee fall through the cracks and be the weak link that lets a hacker in. Training during the onboarding process should include IT security issues that include everything from password hygiene to updating software immediately when it becomes available to knowing what to look for in suspicious emails.
Furthermore, educate them on how they’re accountable for what happens on their computer or mobile device when working remotely. For example, a computer should always be locked when the user steps away from it. Let them know that accessing public Wi-Fi can lead to a breach and that USB drives can pose a security risk. The more they know about what can lead to a data breach, the less likely they are to be that dreaded weak link.
At eXemplify, we’re assisting our clients with their IT security needs through a six-step process that ensures they get the solutions they need. We take a customized approach with every client to make sure they’re covered. Contact us and let’s discuss our process and how it will keep your data secure.