For a Digital World
Keeping your company and customer information secure is an absolute necessity in today’s digitized world. Stories such as Target’s credit card breach and others are making it increasingly crucial that the best security measures are taken to protect data. Information security management is a growing industry. Many states, such as California, are increasing consumer protections by requiring businesses to notify their customers when there is a security breach.
Fortunately, there are a number of solutions you can use to better protect your business and your customers.
Encrypted Data Storage
The most essential step toward protecting sensitive information is making sure your data is encrypted. Data encryption ensures that hackers able to bypass your firewall won’t also have instant access to sensitive data. Two of the most popular data encryption services are IDrive and cCloud. If you are looking for an on-site encryption solution, SafeNet offers one of the best encryption servers on the market.
In addition to protecting your information by encrypting it, it is important to have a robust and enterprise level antivirus solution for your company. This means you’ll need software that includes the latest in virus and malware detection and eradication, as well as a firewall that will prevent malicious traffic while allowing legitimate traffic into and out of your servers without bottle-necking.
User Authentication for Information Security Management
All of the data encryption and protections in the world are useless if you are not able to properly verify legitimate users before allowing them access. Hackers are increasingly adept at bypassing or figuring out usernames and passwords, especially if they know there is valuable information for them to steal on the other end. This makes the ability to authenticate users with more than just a password essential to any business with sensitive information. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is one way to solve this problem, as it requires a combination of something you know (a password), something you have (RSA token), and something you are (fingerprint) to access sensitive information. SafeNet is one of the leaders in the MFA industry, and is a great place to get started with MFA for your employees.
Of course, printed copies of sensitive information should also be safeguarded. Once confidential data is not longer needed, discard into secure document bins and have it professionally shredded according to the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID). As a NAID member, Sergeant Shredder adheres to all the shredding standards required all the state and federal laws.
How safe are your information security management practices?