The news is riddled with news of breaches and cyber attacks on an almost weekly basis now. This is making consumers acutely aware that their data is out there, and they’re thinking twice about who they trust their data to. Accountants, doctor’s offices, attorney’s, financial services firms and other safeguarders of sensitive data should be acutely aware as well. Your clients are trusting you with their critical and sensitive data, what are you doing to safeguard it. Your reputation is hinged on protecting your client’s data. Here are a few tips to help you:
Use a High Quality, Business Grade Endpoint Security Product
The free antivirus that comes with your PC isn’t going to cut it anymore. Hackers are getting smarter every day, and it’s our job to stay one step ahead. Business Grade Endpoint Security provides a higher level of intelligence, resulting in greater security. Look for a company who’s products score high amongst public tests (this can be found on Google). Don’t settle for less when it comes to protecting your client’s personal information!
Use Business Grade Email – not just another Gmail account
Using email @yourcompany.com has a number of benefits. It improves your professional image and your level of trust. More importantly, providers like Office 365 go to great lengths to secure your data. Companies like Microsoft need to comply with a myriad of standards in order to serve their customer’s needs. This means that they’re in the best position to ensure that the data you’re charging them with protecting is safe. It also means that you can leverage these services without worrying about your own compliance. Your data won’t be used to drive advertising, or otherwise used outside of the confines of delivering your services.
Use an Email Security Suite
Add an additional layer of protection to your business email. You’re looking for a product that provides extra security features such as intelligent phishing detection, attachment scanning, and safe linking (sometimes referred to as link rewriting).
Learn the warning signs
Phishing and “drive-by email attacks” are quickly becoming the number one way that hackers gain access to your network. Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. You should also educate yourself on how to spot a phishing attack. If you ever feel that you have been compromised, change your passwords immediately.
Take time to review
Every now and then, take a look at your security posture. Make sure that your endpoint security is working. Read up on the latest threat trends. Do whatever you can to stay in the know and continue protecting yourself.
Pass the Knowledge – Educate Your Clients and Colleagues
Everyone you work with is just as susceptible to a breach as you. Pass on what you learn to your clients and colleagues so that they can take charge of protecting their data too.
Never leave it to chance
The human body is amazing, more specifically the brain. We have instincts, and we need to trust them. If you have a gut feeling that something is off, it probably is. Don’t stake your reputation and livelihood on “it’s probably nothing.” Trust your instincts.
The tips we’ve mentioned here may seem a little daunting. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Why not get a complimentary business technology assessment to learn your security posture, and how you can leverage our Stellar IT service to help?