There are nearly countless threats lurking on the internet these days. Businesses need to take steps to protect themselves and their data. Having a cyber security plan in place will make a big difference, but it’s also important to make sure employees are making a habit of keeping the system secure. There are several things that team members could be doing that compromise the security of the system. By building better habits it’s possible to thwart most any kind of internet threat.
Passwords are a vital part of controlling access to confidential data. Setting certain requirements such as a minimal amount of characters, numbers, and special characters will help make sure passwords are strong. It’s also important that users update their passwords regularly. Employees need to get in the habit of creating strong passwords that won’t be cracked with brute force attacks.
Security software should be installed on every terminal. Just because the servers are protected doesn’t mean the whole system is safe. Some users might feel that security software slows down their computer. Everyone needs to know how important it is to keep security software installed and running at all times. Employees should be taught to keep their software running and up to date in order to keep the entire system safe.
Backups should be done often. Everyone should make sure they have the latest version of their files stored on the cloud. Adding alerts that say backup your data will help build this habit. Encryption software is also important. Data on the terminals should be encrypted even if it takes quite a while to do so. Even data on the cloud needs to be encrypted. This process makes data useless to hackers and spyware.
Network connections should be checked often. Wireless networks are notoriously easy to hack. Users should be able to identify computers on the network and tell when there are unknown users accessing it. Getting in the habit of checking network connections can tip of suspicious activity and hacking attempts. It’s also a good idea to check physical connections and terminals for unknown WiFi adapters that may have been added without any authorization.