you know you need to protect your data. The question is how do you do it? These strategies can help.

#1 Keep software up to date

Regularly maintaining your software is a strong security measure. The latest updates often include new code to address known security threats. If you can’t or don’t keep your software current, at least take it offline.

#2 Ramp up network security

Firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion prevention systems should address every network layer. Encrypt any stored or shared electronic files and documents, both at rest and while in transit.

#3 Limit access to data

Not everyone in your business has the same needs for data access. Limit information access to an as-needed basis. Determine who has what responsibilities and the information they need to access, then assign appropriate access privileges based on their role.

#4 Educate employees

Everyone working at your business needs to understand the value of your client data. You can’t expect someone to effectively avoid phishing scams and other social engineering tactics if they don’t understand the danger.

Share best practices for internet use. Put policies in place for sharing, storing, and disposing of client data. Require employees to report lost and stolen devices, and make sure every person at your office is maintaining strong passwords. And please don’t let anyone keep their password on a Post-It note stuck to their desktop!

We can help you with a complete data security plan, including safe backups. Call us today at (540) 266-3304.