Monday, October 02, 2017  09:45 AM | By: Hayley Morphis
Small Steps You Can Take For a More Secure Workplace

Improve Your Workplace Technology Safety

October is National Cyber Security Month, which means it is the ideal time to discuss best practices to keep your company’s and customers’ digital information safe and secure. It seems as though every month we hear of a major data breach that compromises a wide range of personal and sensitive information. From the Equifax breach in late 2017 to the Yahoo breach that began back in 2013 and all of the breaches in between, it is easy to see how quickly hundreds of millions of people can be compromised in a matter of minutes. That’s why it is important to take the appropriate steps to safeguard your business.

Top Six Tips for Keeping Your Company’s Data Secure

1) Secure Your Network

Computers with Security Lock

While free Wi-Fi is almost expected everywhere you go these days, there is no harm in asking clients and visitors to utilize a guest password to log in to your network while they are on the premises. Taking this small step to password protect your network can help ensure that nearby would-be hackers are less able to gain access to your network and your sensitive client and business information.

2) Choose Strong Passwords / Passphrases

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It may be tempting to use a very basic password to help you easily navigate from program to program and task to task. However, easily guessed or found passwords should never be used to protect sensitive data. Street addresses, phone numbers and birthdays can all be fairly easily found online, so it is best to choose a varied combination of numbers, letters and special characters. Another great option is to use passphrases, which is just a longer password such as a catch phrase, famous quote, song lyric, or other phrases you are likely to remember. Just be sure you use different passwords for home, office, and any other areas in your life, as this adds an additional layer of security.

3) Follow the Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP)

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The Principle of Least Privilege essentially advocates for signing into any computer, program or software using an account with the least permissions possible. If you don’t have to be operating in an administrative level account, then don’t be! By logging into power user/admin accounts unnecessarily, you are leaving yourself more open and vulnerable to attacks.

4) Use Reputable Anti-Virus/Malware Software

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Viruses and other malware are serious problems for business computers as well as other personal and business devices. Because of this, it is absolutely imperative to arm your computers and devices with reputable anti-virus and anti-malware protection to protect your systems and networks from potentially damaging malware that can make it easier for hackers to access your sensitive data. Better still, be sure you are set-up for automatic updates, so there are never any lapses in protection.

5) Encrypt Your Data

Security Lock on iPhone

You do not have to be a computer wizard to encrypt your data. These days, there are plenty of options that make it easy for anyone to encrypt their business emails and other sensitive information. There are several trusted programs and plug-ins available to encrypt your email account, hard drive and much more.

6) Incorporate Privacy Filters

Desktop Privacy Filters

For those of you who travel, this is an especially great idea to have. Privacy filters won’t make a difference for how the screen appears for you, but can prevent lurking eyes from finding out personal information. In particular, 3M has many options to fit your desktop, laptop, or portable device. You can view all of the options here.