Seven Security Issues for Your Business
An onslaught of regulatory requirements, technological advances, and scrutiny over computer security has led to a significant shift in the way small business are expected to handle their customer's data. Here, we take a look at the biggest issues that small to medium sized businesses need to get a grip on before they fall victim to a security hit.
Low tech theft is increasing all the time as more and more businesses embrace computerised record keeping over paper records. As a consequence, data thieves are finding more and more avenues in which to enter organisations and help themselves to their information.
Another big concern is the loss of portable devices, such as laptops, netbooks and even smartphones, which many companies and employees have come to rely on heavily. Stolen, lost or missing devices are one of the biggest kinds of security breaches - indeed according to an Australian study by the ABC,they were a common factor in local data breaches, impacting 32 percent of Australian respondents.
Data minimisation is becoming increasingly more important for corporate computer security. Organisations have spent years collating information from their clients, only to find that much of it is useless and therefore a liability. Expect to see more companies limiting the data they hold as a way of minimising security risks.
Increased Collaboration Risks
Many industries are beginning to share data on a massive scale as more organisations partner up or are swallowed up by each other. Unfortunately, data in transit is highly vulnerable to theft. This is an area that experts expect will be targeted by innovative cyber criminals in due course, if they haven't started already
Social Networking Policies
With mobile devices becoming commonplace, the line between our work lives and our social lives has already become blurred. This means that employees could become unwitting security risks when engaging on social media websites. With this the development of company social network policies is sure to follow.
Data Encryption Essential for Compliance
Data encryption is fast becoming the most essential caveat of computer security. It represents the best (but not the only) way to keep out malicious hackers.
Third Party Breach Notification Requirements
With more companies outsourcing data collection to third party organisations, we can expect much more stringent obligations in contractual agreements in order to make sure this data is protected.
About the Author
Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled Technology Director at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.
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