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Data Security Tips

January 28, 2020

Data Securtity

Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated and fileless attacks are on the rise. It’s important to be educated on how to best protect your assets. 2/3rds of all cyber attacks are directed towards small businesses and 92% of malware is delivered via email. Below you will find tips to help you secure your data.

Endpoint Security

  • Install endpoint protection on every endpoint
    in your business
  • Verify Antivirus software is registered, up to
    date, and properly licenses and enabled.
  • Preferably have a product that has alerting
    and is reportable.

Secure Your Network

  • Put your network behind a firewall
  • A properly secured firewall is one of the best
    lines of defense when securing any network
  • If using Wi-Fi, make sure you are using an
    encrypted passkey
  • Segregate internal network from any guest
    network(s) you may have
  • Implement a robust email filter

Have a Password Policy

  • Require users to change their passwords every
    15 days
  • Change passwords every 180 days
  • Minimum length at least 8 characters – longer is
    better than more complex
  • Passphrases (I eat hamburgers on Tuesdays!)
    This has 29 characters!
  • Must use 3 of 4 available character types
    (Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers, Symbols)
  • Set a minimum password age policy

Educate Employees

  • Largest security vulnerability is the end user
  • Educate using real examples of phishing
    attacks and what users should look for
  • Have a policy in place for what a user should
    do if they believe they have been infected

Secure Physical Access

  • Physical access is king!
  • Verify computers are secured, including laptops
  • Use hard drive encryption. This is build into
    Windows 10, but you need to enable and
    configure it!
  • Have server and networking equipment in a
    secured location, behind locked door with
    limited access
  • Disable any unused network wall jack

If you have additional questions about data security or would like to talk with a IT representative, contact us.