IT security focuses on risk minimisation, from all external and internal threats.
Increased risk is not always automatically met with increased protection until the impact of a breach is felt. Or maybe after a breach is narrowly avoided by accident rather than by design. This 'she'll be right' attitude could end up crippling your business.
Does Your IT Security Measure Up?
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate. The number of cyber security threats to your business is growing just as quickly. Attacks can come through email, Internet browsing, public Wi-Fi hotspots, website hosts, and 'cloud' services.
Threats are not limited to external channels. Many businesses operate with remote workers, or have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. This can reduce IT security protection, and open up more ways for hackers to get in. Having good IT security standards and processes on how employees use your network is just as important.
Part of IT security management includes having an emergency and disaster plan in place in the event of something going wrong. It is important to have power protection and data backup, and to audit both periodically. This will allow your business to continue or get back to operating within hours if it needs to.
There is an overwhelming tendency to act on risks retrospectively, usually after a data loss incident or security breach. Good protection is being forewarned and prepared, and always involves acting on the indicators, not the incident itself.
Some Important Considerations for Your Business
- Do you objectively know the security risks your system and business data face?
- What systems and processes exist to monitor and manage risks?
- How would you know if monitoring is adequate or even being performed?
- How much data will you lose if your systems fail or there is a disaster?
- How long will your systems be down for?
- Does your business sometimes have critical deadlines or high risk periods?
- How would your business be impacted if it occurred just prior to a critical deadline?
- How quickly can your systems be got working again? How do you know?
If you would like our assistance with answering these or any other questions, please contact us.