Having strong security practices is a key necessity for every business. It’s a way to ensure your team stays safe and protected along with your clients. With threats becoming more sophisticated and happening more often, it’s important your business stays protected. It’s estimated that a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds in 2021 so having a foundation in place is crucial.
Conduct regular assessments
By consistently checking in on how your business is working, you’ll have a pulse on what’s going on. This is important because letting a threat go for too long can have serious implications. The average time to identify and contain a data breach is 280 days. Regularly testing your systems gives you insight into which areas need improvement. With threats constantly changing, it’s important to perform these assessments regularly.
A regular assessment may include:
- An inventory of IT assets
- Vulnerability scans
- Security testing
- Employee education
- Compliance regulations
- Password policies
- Device security
When there’s a culture around security, your team will have some buy in. They’ll also know what to look for. When there’s regular training involved, your team will be more confident and know what measures to take if a threat comes through. According to reports, 85% of data breaches were due to the “human element.” That’s a staggeringly high percentage to not invest the time in effectively training your employees.
Making sure the right users have the right access
By monitoring user access, you can eliminate a lot of issues. Your newest employee shouldn’t have access to everything. By establishing user access based on role or years at the company, you can ensure the right people have access to the right information. The goal is to have a good balance between security risk concerns and the desire for user efficiency for access to data. By giving everyone access to all business information, you could be putting your business to unnecessary risk when it comes to security and compliance.
The main objective of continuous monitoring is to give businesses critical information in a timely manner. It provides your business with a checklist of areas to fix within your network to improve performance. There are different tools that can identify issues that may cause downtime or other problems in the future. Just remember, the average time to contain a breach is around 80 days. This proactive measure can save you time and add efficiencies that alleviate potential problems later on.
Set your business up for success
With the ever-evolving threat landscape, it can be hard to keep up with if you’re unsure what to look for. That’s where a managed service provider can come in to help you. By outsourcing your security to an MSP, you can save your team time and allow them to focus on core technology needs. At GB Tech, we set you up with the right solutions to give you a stronger foundation when it comes to security. Reach out to us to learn more about our security solutions.