It is a known fact: no matter the size or the industry, every company is at risk of experiencing data theft, malware attacks, and cybersecurity breaches.
Luckily, there are various actionable steps management can implement to protect sensitive data against cyber attacks.
Back up Company Data
Regularly back up data, including sensitive information. You can simply restore it from recent back-ups. Store your backup files on separate devices or in the cloud, and set up automatic data backups on your devices.
Consistent data backups protect sensitive company data from being lost, mishandled/deleted, or corrupted by malware and ransomware attacks. In the latter, hackers encrypt the data and demand payment for decryption.
Enforce Multiple Authentication
Make it harder for hackers to access your data by enabling two-factor authentication on any software or system that supports it. Multiple authentication prevents unwanted access to your system and minimises the risks of data breaches.
Common multiple verification processes include the introduction of username, password, a text sample or a code to verify if the user is human, and answering a preset list of questions. Some systems also enable fingerprint access.
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Enable Data Encryption
Consider making use of built-in encryption features on your devices or software. Encrypted data is difficult or nearly impossible to access as it needs powerful decryption to reverse the process.
Data encryption is the best way to protect sensitive data against cyber attacks, especially with stolen devices, but it is also essential in the cloud environment. If your sensitive company data sits in the cloud, ensure any transfer of data can safely occur through encryption.
Invest in Security Software and ISMS
Your company may use various security software such as firewall, antivirus, and safety protocols, with various results. But strong data security requires more than basic data protection.
Companies can seriously benefit from a capable data stronghold that centralises, monitors, and manages all security policies in one place. An ISO/IEC 27001 certified Information Security Management System (ISMS) oversees data management by keeping compliant with the latest global standards in security compliance.
MSX Cyber, part of the XGRC product range, assists organizations to drive performance and compliance with its integrated information security management system built on the ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 27001 Information Security framework.