There’s too much at stake these days not to stay on top of IT security for your business.

The argument for maximized IT security far outweighs any against it. As technology continues to mandate how businesses operate and protect their assets, having a security program in place is essential. No matter what size business you have, taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of sensitive information and the information of your clients is not only mandatory but is crucial to your continued growth and survival.

Your data is valuable

In addition to being under regulatory scrutiny, your organization is charged with protecting financial, customer, and product information based on the nature of your business. Not having a plan in place to protect your infrastructure could result in tremendous consequences. Proper management of your security is essential.

Evaluating your security needs

How can you accurately assess and implement a security program that will be effective? Here are a few steps:

  • Designate a security team

Whether you have a security team or one security officer, you must have someone in charge that will be responsible for following rules, setting standards and the accountability of sensitive information. They should work with an IT consultant outside of the organization to maintain independence.

  • Conduct a risk assessment

The team or officer should do a thorough risk assessment of the current infrastructure to determine what you have and what is needed. The assessment should cover the physical loss of data, how vulnerable the system is to the outside or unauthorized access, whether or not that data can be found in transit, training methods and procedures, and data corruption measures.

  • Current policies and procedures

There should be a review of the policies and procedures. If there are no policies and procedures in place, the team or security officer should begin writing those policies immediately. The policies and procedures should include:

  • Passwords
  • Authentication methods
  • Multiple devices
  • Incident responses
  • Employee training
  • Regulatory methods and infractions
  • Security awareness
  • Vendors and partners
  • Offsite accessibility

It is important to take precautionary measures to ensure your company is protected in some ways. As technology becomes smarter, so do the individuals who attempt to access this information. Being proactive makes a difference, giving your customers confidence in your ability to protect their sensitive data. With widely communicated security standards, it helps set the bar in professionalism and also provides a basis for your employees.

If you need further advice about cybersecurity and data protection, Easton Technology is a proven leader in providing IT consulting and security solutions in Oklahoma. Contact one of our IT experts at (405) 384-4490 or send us an email at contact@eastontechnology.com today, and we can help you with all your cyber safety, defense, and security questions or needs.