In 2017 physical security systems are not enough on their own. An increased reliance on computers and the internet means that cyber security is more important than ever. Maintaining a high level of cyber security is vital to protect sensitive information and details about your customers.
There are a number of ways to protect your business’ information; cyber security doesn’t simply stop at installing anti-virus software and a firewall. This post will explore some of the methods you can use to keep sensitive data about your company and clients safe from the hands of criminals.
What Methods Will Criminals Use To Access Sensitive Information?
Firstly, it is important to make sure that your company’s computer system is adequately protected. This means that you will need to install and regularly update your antivirus software. If your company uses Windows computers, it is also important to ensure that you are up to date with installing patches that protect against malicious software and files.
You will also need to educate your staff on the dangers of email phishing. Phishing emails attempt to trick people into providing their financial information. This is often achieved by sending official-looking messages, often claiming to be from the bank or HM Revenue and Customs requesting money to pay off a debt. Banks and HMRC state quite clearly that they will only ever attempt to contact you by letter and will never request payment via email.
It’s also possible that potential cyber criminals will enter your business steal sensitive data. This is done using a system called tail-gaiting. The criminal will closely follow an employee as they enter the building and simply walk right in. From this point, they may be able to access any information they please.
What Security Measures Should I Use To Prevent These Attacks?
So, what can you do to prevent against these attacks when the criminal is actually in the building? Employees should be given password-protected computers that are only accessible by them and the network administrator; this helps to prevent the cyber criminal from collecting any information once they are inside.
To prevent these unauthorised people entering the building in the first place, consider using access control. Access control means that unauthorised individuals are unable to enter into the car park. Take a look at our previous post for reasons to use access control. You can also hire manned security to monitor the access control system and prevent unauthorised personnel from entering the building.
You can also opt for CCTV, which will monitor people entering and exiting your place of business. As CCTV runs for 24 hours a day, your building will be monitored for intruders even out of hours and on public holidays.
Ultimately, the best way to prevent your sensitive information from falling into the hands of criminals is to be proactive and boost your security measures. To prevent cybercrime, it is important to invest in the proper security measures for both your computer system and the building you are operating from.
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