The looming threat of a data breach is a reality and brings about financial and operational repercussions if not adequately addressed. This then leads to the company’s responsibility to safeguard their systems with countermeasures such as acquiring IT services in the Philippines.
Nonetheless, security measures need not be expensive all the time, as there are cost-effective measures that a company, together with its employees can take to bolster their cyber security.
1)Keep the software updated
Employees can access their corporate accounts through their personal devices ranging from smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
The best practice is to limit access to their work computers solely. But if it can’t be avoided, always remind them to update regularly their computer software since updates patch up new security vulnerabilities.
2)Configure the browser for enhanced security
If an employee is going to use his/her personal devices for business-related activities, explain to them how to configure their browsers in such a way that hackers won’t be able to breach them quickly.
3)Teach them about online privacy
Their Facebook accounts, Twitter handles, and other social media accounts should not contain information that might hint a hacker about their preferred usernames and passwords. Experienced online cyber-thieves know how to mine the right kind of information for their advantage.
4)Connect only to trusted public Wi-Fi networks
Some individuals set-up “shadow Wi-Fi hotspots,” which act like an innocent hotspot but is actually set-up to phish data from unsuspecting users. Those who connect to these illicit hotspots run the risk of exposing valuable data from their devices, so keep in mind to only connect to reliable networks.
5)Downloads can carry “stowaways”
People like to download all sorts of files on their personal devices. Regardless if it’s an app, a game, or even a photo, there are chances that the file carries a Trojan or some form of malware. Downloads should only be done from legitimate sites and data should be received only from people you truly trust. Remember to install anti-virus software as well.
6)Don’t ignore warnings
Antivirus software or even a browser can alert a user when something suspicious is happening or when a site is a known source for this malware. These warnings are not meant to be taken lightly, as these can lead to a full-on data breach.
It’s cheaper to prevent these IT hacks from happening as opposed to allowing a breach and fixing them, whereas one of the most cost-effective ways is by simply educating the employees.
Since they are the ones with access to relevant data in from your IT infrastructure, it follows that hackers are drawn to them. But if they’re well-informed of the threats surrounding them, you’re giving your company a chance in preventing these occurrences.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Vlad de Ramos, General Manager of AIM Corporate Solutions and has been in the IT industry for more than 22 years with focus on IT Management, Infrastructure Design and IT Security. He is also a professional business and life coach, a teacher and a change manager. He has been focused on IT security awareness in the Philippines. He is a certified information security professional, a certified ethical hacker and forensics investigator and a certified information systems auditor.