It’s no secret that today’s world is becoming increasingly digital, and at a fast pace. With new technology comes new challenges, and security is more important now than ever. As more and more operations shift into the digital realm, most businesses can’t afford to not focus on their security. Not only do you have to consider physical onsite security, but the security challenges that arise with every piece of new technology and every new system as well. This week we’re focusing on a few common cybersecurity mistakes. Here are some digital don’ts:
Do not: fail to monitor activity.
When it comes to keeping your business safe, protecting your data is incredibly important. Monitoring activity is a must. Keep track of the users that have access to your systems and check activity logs. If you’re monitoring who has access to your data and systems, then you can more easily and accurately identify the source of a breach, should one occur. You will also be able to more quickly identify unauthorized activity and take action immediately. Invest in having a cybersecurity system installed that will allow you to track activity while users are logged in to your network.
Do not: forget to test your systems.
When it comes to security, testing is crucial. Once you’ve done the work to create systems, procedures and protocols that work for your business, test them. Physical in-store or onsite security can be tested by running drills and practicing various security scenarios with staff members and security guards. However, you should also test your networks and digital systems! Every aspect should be checked in full, in order to discover any weak points or overlooked loopholes. Devices, networks and online applications should be backed up and protected with security software, and should be regularly tested for vulnerabilities.
Do not: give staff more access than they need.
It’s important to know that you can trust your employees, hiring the right people is hugely important. Unfortunately though, it’s extremely common for theft to occur from within a company or business. In a retail setting there is theft of actual products and merchandise to consider, but also consider theft of information. It is not uncommon for an employee to take valuable business information or resources with them when moving on to a new job. This can be especially damaging if an employee decides to take on a new role with a competitor. Train your employees in digital and online safety, and let them know that activity will be monitored. Limit the number of access codes, user accounts or keycards that you’re issuing, and ensure that staff are aware of the seriousness of giving access to any unauthorized parties.
Security can be a lot to manage, but focusing on these common mistakes can make a huge difference when it comes to the safety of your online and digital activity and, overall, the safety of your business. If you need security assistance, whether onsite or online, reach out and let us know what you’re looking for!