Best Practices for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

As your business relies on technology, cybersecurity, and data privacy are paramount. It would be best if you were vigilant about blocking every possible loophole everywhere within your systems, from servers to endpoints and across the web.

Identify Security and Data Privacy Strategies

It is critical to know exactly how your data is used, who uses it, and where it is shared. Cybersecurity and protection start with categorizing all your data from all sources, including your multiple devices and cloud services, and categorizing according to sensitivity and accessibility. From there, you can build your security practices, programs, and protocols around it.

Identify and classify sensitive data.

Find out exactly what data types you have, so you can effectively protect them. Have your security team secure your data repositories, report the findings, and then organize data into categories based on their value to your business.

Develop a data usage policy.

Craft and implement a policy covering key areas such as descriptions of your classification-based criteria for data access, who has that access, and what constitutes proper data use. Build in strong repercussions for policy breaches.

Monitor access to sensitive data.

Offer the right access controls to the right users. Limit access to information based on least privilege. Only those privileges necessary for performing an intended purpose should be granted. Permissions you can offer include:

  • Full control: A user can take total ownership of data, including storage, access, modification, deletion, and assignment of permissions.
  • Modify: A user can access, modify and delete data.
  • Access: A user can access but not modify or delete data.
  • Access and modify: A user can access and modify data but not delete it.

Physically safeguard data.

Lock down workstations when they are not in use to avoid any devices from being physically removed from your site. Another advisable practice is to set up a BIOS password to prevent anyone from booting into your operating systems. Take similar security measures for devices like USB drives, smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Use endpoint security systems.

Set up a robust endpoint security infrastructure to prevent data breaches. Implement:

  • Antivirus software on all servers and workstations.
  • Spyware is a kind of malicious software that is typically installed without a user’s knowledge. It finds details about user behavior and collects personal information.
  • Pop-up blockers. Pop-ups run on your system for no apparent reason other than jeopardizing its well-being.

Use multi-factor authentication.

Considered one of the most advanced and effective forms of data protection, multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security before authenticating an account. So, even if a hacker has your password, they still need to produce a second or third authentication factor before going further.

Train your team.

Educate your employees on your company’s cybersecurity and data best practices and policies. Conduct regular training to keep your team updated.

Are your CyberSecurity and Data Privacy Policies Thorough?

To find the specialized IT pros, you need for cybersecurity and related business-critical positions within your growing business, contact Venteon today.

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