When starting a business, IT security is often overlooked or considered only after something goes wrong. Sure your business may have antivirus software and firewalls, but those are the only the basics. On top of that, security is something that needs to be monitored and continually considered.
Here are four things you should do right away to ensure your company’s IT security stays ahead of the game:
1. Be prepared.
The Boy Scouts have it right. By simply being aware and being prepared, your business will be better off than most. Stay up-to-date on security trends and pay attention when you see how other companies have been compromised. Ask yourself how your company would have held up in that situation.
2. Know what information your company stores and shares online.
Websites nowadays are often the most heavily-used IT application in a business. They can interact with internal systems, collect user data, process payments and more. Even if your website is locked down, the networks between your site and your internal network often aren’t in your control. You’ll need to do your due diligence to make sure nothing’s been overlooked.
3. Approach security in your processes and procedures.
Oftentimes, network security leaks are a result of an employee sharing something they shouldn’t have–either intentionally or unintentionally. Emphasizing security as an important part of your company’s day-to-day operations will go a long way.
4. Hire a security expert.
Your company should have a security expert at hand to take security into consideration when implementing a new IT or website service and ongoing. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hire a full-time employee to lead the charge on security. If you outsource your IT department, make sure they have the ability advise you in security as can help you put a Network Security plan in place.
For over 10 years, Minneapolis-based OAC Technology has been helping small- to medium-sized businesses maintain secure systems. Our Minnesota network security professionals can inspect your network for common problems, misconfigurations, and security vulnerabilities that can lead to costly problems down the line. Contact us today for a Free Security Audit of your business.