4 Vital Data Protection Tips

When you’re responsible for enterprise data protection, a company’s assets, customer privacy, and your professional reputation are on the line. Data breaches happen even with the most stringent protections in place.

Preventing cybersecurity threats such as rogue employees and human error 100 percent of the time can be almost impossible. Review, test your company’s data protection and disaster recovery plan, and address vulnerabilities now. Practice the following vital data protection tips to protect your network.

Defend Against Malware Threats

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Protect your enterprise network from the latest malicious hackers. Update anti-virus and anti-malware software on all desktops, laptops and mobile devices regularly. Research current trends such as ransomware. 

Ransomware attacks files and your company’s operations. Costs are skyrocketing with the 2017 worldwide ransomware tally predicted to reach $5 billion. Learn new techniques to defend your network against malware such as whitelisting software and adding tamper protection to your anti-virus software.

Know Your RPO and RTO

Even with robust data protection in place, cybersecurity attacks can still happen. To prepare for the worst, build your disaster recovery plan now. To do so, you’ll need to know some key factors about your systems. First, identify the Recovery Point Objective (RPO). RPO represents the amount of data lost between the time systems are shut down and the last full backup. Create a plan to replace that lost data or determine what to do if you can’t recover it.

Next, determine your company’s Recovery Time Objective (RTO). RTO is the length of time a business can function while enterprise systems are down. Know how much downtime your business can tolerate and how long you’ll have to get your network operational again with limited profit loss.

Identify Cloud Software Vulnerabilities

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Review software for specific security needs. If your business processes credit cards, make sure your company is using the latest version of secure socket layer (SSL) transactions. SSL encrypts information before it travels over the internet to your servers. 

In addition to financial transactions, cloud storage solutions can pose a security risk, too. Cloud computing applications such as Microsoft Office 365 include enhanced data security features. But are those protections enough? Consider hiring a cloud data protection vendor that can offer additional technology to enhance the security of your cloud services such as Office 365.

Train Employees 

Employee behavior, whether intentional or accidental, is a leading cause of data loss. Employees can also be your best line of defense against data breaches when you provide proper training. Ensure staff members know the cost of losing a company-issued laptop, for example. 

Teach employees how to spot suspicious emails and to never click links in an email from organizations they don’t know. Develop written data security guidelines to make it easier for employees to be the first line of defense against cyberattacks. 

Follow the above vital data protection tips to help stop data breaches and hackers. You can prevent common cybersecurity attacks from reaching your company’s servers. If a cyberattack does penetrate network defenses, you’ll have a solid disaster response plan to recover data so that you can get back to business quickly.