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What’s all the fuss about data security & why should you care?

Did you know that depending on the level of security, it could take hackers months or mere seconds to infiltrate your company network? Online attacks on commercial enterprises in the form of data hacking, infiltration of company systems and cyber locking regularly hit the news. But is this really something that can impact your business?

The short answer is Yes! As much as we would like to believe that this simply won’t happen to us – or that minimal security will do the trick – quite the opposite is true. In this article we’ll discuss what a solid security system looks like and why it’s especially crucial to encourage security best practices among your employees to keep your company data safe.

Why is securing your company data so important?

Nowadays, many aspects of our lives are taking place in the virtual world. Businesses have embraced online commerce as a golden opportunity to reach their customers via new touchpoints. However, the internet has not just handed us new prospects. It has also presented us with a wide range of unique challenges.

The internet is widely accessible and so is your company data when you use a virtual connection to conduct business. It’s therefore essential to protect your data and processes. Additionally, if your network has been compromised, the cost to restore your systems and company information will be much higher than the cost would have been to raise awareness and invest in an effective security system in the first place.

“It can take hackers months or mere minutes to infiltrate your company network”

Hackers could keep your data ‘ransom’, requesting a payment in order to release your information. They could also be monitoring your business operations, making changes to their benefit or leaking data. An inability to fend off hackers and even potentially expose customer information could negatively impact your company reputation. In any case, a breach could take a very long time to come to light and in that time, the damage done by hackers could be considerable.

What can you do to secure your systems?

Most routers come with basic protection but this will not deter a determined hacker for long. After all, a door that’s only opened by a crack is still open! In order to keep sensitive company data safe, the key is to invest in a solid system that will make it as difficult as possible for hackers to gain access.

But most importantly, keeping your employees aware and informed is critical to build a much-needed, additional layer of protection. Did you know that the human factor is the first line of defence when it comes to safeguarding your company data? Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility as the best prevention occurs between the seat and the screen.

“Did you know that your own employees are the most important line of defence?”

Tailorfit has taken several steps to help you implement a sound security system and protect your commercial data!

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Your security software

What are the basic software tools you need to prevent infiltration? On the one hand, you need a strong firewall. The purpose of a firewall is to shield your network so that nothing malicious can penetrate. Most routers come with a basic firewall but Tailorfit’s data warehouse is protected by a next generation firewall which serves to prevent cyber attacks and wards off intruders.

You’ll also need a virus scanner. Traditional virus scanning software is reactive in that it’ll scan the files already present on your system. Tailorfit uses a more sophisticated, pro-active virus scanner. Before any incoming item is admitted, it verifies whether it’s sent by a trusted source and whether it has been infected with any of the spyware or viruses on its list. If that’s the case, it will immediately isolate the file in question.

“A door that’s only opened by a crack is still open.”

Last but certainly not least, another important advantage of this software is the ability to restore a previous version of your files. This is paramount in case an infection slips through the cracks and your systems do get compromised.

Your staff

“Many viruses infiltrate company systems through employee action”

Security starts on the inside. Sadly, a lot of malware infiltrates company systems through the devices of well-meaning employees. They may inadvertently open a suspicious e-mail on their company device. Or they may have installed a new app or game containing spyware on their smartphone. By plugging their personal device into the USB port of a company laptop, they could then unwittingly give hackers an access route to sensitive information.

It’s of the utmost importance to make sure your team is aware of the risks and trained to intercept suspicious activity. We’ve included some top tips to create a culture of awareness and quickly level up your cyber security:

Top tips to level up your data security

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Know the difference?

Malware

An umbrella term for any piece of software code created with malicious intent in order to infiltrate and disrupt, damage or take advantage of an organization’s data and processes.

Spyware

A piece of software designed to harm an organization or individual by extracting information and forwarding it to another entity.

Computer virus

A virus is a piece of code typically capable of replicating by itself. It’s activated when a user opens the infected file or application and almost always corrupts, changes or disables files.

Various others...

A malicious string of code has wormed its way into your network and hackers have gained access to your company’s confidential information. What should you do?

Firstly, it’s important to prevent further infection of your company systems by identifying and isolating the device that allowed the infected item to pass through your defences. Next, you need to review which other systems may be impacted and isolate those too. Verify whether any data has been compromised.

Once that’s done, you’ll need to confer with a security specialist to establish the overall impact of the hack as well as decide on the best approach to recover your data and restore your network. Depending on the damage that’s been done and whether you have backed up your data regularly, this could either be a straightforward or a very tricky and costly process.

Better safe than sorry

In short, we strongly advise you to invest in a good security system and keep your staff aware and informed in order to safeguard your company data. They are, after all, your best defense. If you’re unfortunate enough to be a victim of a cyber-attack, the consequences could be more far-reaching and costly than expected.

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