For modern businesses, the data they have access to is one of their most valuable assets. But, with a huge jump in cyber fraud, it’s vital that these organisations know how to keep this information safe.
So what do you need to do to ensure your business doesn’t fall foul of the law?
Put the right processes in place to prevent a cyber attack
All too often business leaders don’t want to think about things going wrong. Often because they don’t believe that a cyber attack could happen to them. But, for most organisations, when it comes to being targeted by hackers and scammers, it’s a matter of when not if. As such the right preparation is vital.
This includes things like:
- Making sure your data protection policies and processes are compliant with the latest regulations and industry guidance
- Updating these policies and processes where they fall short
- Identifying and recording what personal data is held and stored by the business
- Training your team on how to recognise and respond to common scams and attacks
- Ensuring all operating systems are updated regularly
- Storing your data in ISO-accredited data centres (our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified. Find out more about why this is important.)
- Establish security measures such as two-factor authentication and the ability to strip mobile devices of all data quickly and easily if they are lost or stolen (the hosted desktop can help with this)
- Encrypting personal data
- Removing personal data from old devices
- Make sure your cloud server services are equipped with Enterprise level Juniper Firewalls
- Regularly and routinely checking for viruses and malware
- Ensure you are working trustworthy providers committed to safeguarding your data
- Establishing monitoring processes to detect any data breaches.
Put a disaster recovery plan in place
The right preparation won’t just reduce the likelihood of a successful cyber attack against your business, it will also limit the fallout should the worst happen. As such, a robust disaster recovery strategy is crucial. But, according to one report, 85% of IT professionals say that their organisations either have no disaster recovery plan in place, or are not confident in the ability of their disaster recovery plans to meet their goals.
Ensure you are insured (and that you have the right type of insurance)
Many companies are at risk from insurers refusing to pay out on cyberattack claims. Often because most standard insurance policies do not cover cyber risk. But, in addition to the cost of lost business, if a cyber attack happens and your business is found liable for data privacy errors, the consequences of not being covered could be disastrous.
Store your data in the cloud
At Cloud Geeni, we believe that data security is better in the cloud. So, if you are worried about the safety of your business data a reputable cloud service supplier will provide the highest levels of security. However, just because your data is stored in the cloud, doesn’t mean it is 100% safe. You must make sure that your cloud-provider boasts best-in-class security, backup and recovery processes.
Worried about cybercrime?
Today, it’s all too easy not to do everything you can to protect your business from a cyber attack. Often because of a lack of budget or understanding. But, when you consider the cost implications of not having a data protection and disaster recovery strategy in place, it becomes clear that it pays to be prepared.
Our cloud solutions offer the highest levels of security and compliance with robust backups and stringent security management. For more information on how we can help your business, contact us today for an informal chat.
 Syncsort, State of Resilience survey, 2018