Protecting your company's data should be a top priority. Likely, data protection already is a top priority. That's why you invested in various means of keeping hackers out of places they don't belong. Unfortunately, hackers somewhat deserve their reputation for being dubiously resourceful. A business' computer network often represents a treasure trove of data for them. So, hackers work hard at figuring out how to breach the even highly-sophisticated layers of security. That does not mean, however, hackers will be successful with their every attempt. Equally sophisticated anti-hacking measures exist, and so do a few simple ones. You just need to put them to use.
Bring the Staff into the Mix
Issues surrounding computer security should not solely involve discussions between the management and network professionals. Employees and contractors must be included into the loop as well. Informing anyone and everyone about computer security and anti-hacking steps becomes beneficial to any plans to reduce the potential for a security breach. Making assumptions that the staff already knows basic things about computer security could turn out to be a disastrous assumption.
An employee with a lifelong habit of using easy-to-guess passwords won't exactly change that habit without prompting. Often, in-house errors and poor procedures open doors for hackers. Improvements won't likely be made unless resources are spent to cover proper training.
Spare No Expense on Encryption
Data encryption keeps hackers -- and others -- from being able to read or otherwise decipher material. Accessing encrypted material would be similar to trying to read a foreign language. Actually, there is one more significantly difference. Foreign languages can be translated. Encrypted data would be nearly impossible to translate. So, it becomes beneficial for a company to procure encryption tools to further frustrate anyone attempting to access secure data.
Look for the best and most sophisticated tools available. Don't rely on old and outdated ones. The present time may be perfect for an overdue upgrade of the company's current encryption programs. Don't delay on that upgrade.
Protect More than Customer Data
Customer data, namely credit card and personal information, can be greatly prized by hackers. Taking strong steps to protect the data of customers isn't enough though. You must be mindful of securing employee, contractor, and any third-party information secured in other divisions of a company. The human resources department likely possesses names, addresses, and social security numbers of employees. The accounting office probably houses bank account information so as to facilitate payroll deposits. Clearly, it would be a good idea to keep such information protected.
Anti-hacking tools and rules must protect the entirety of the computer network. Resources and attention should not be directed towards one area at the exclusion of others.
HTTPS Over HTTP
Outside some exceptions, most website's -- both commercial and noncommercial -- utilize HTTP instead of HTTPS. Maybe the time has arrived to rethink that practice. Since HTTPS increases security levels immensely thanks to traffic encryption. A business' website can employ the more secure HTTPS process by utilizing a secure socket layer (SSL). Again, business should take as many steps as possible to increase security. SSL/HTTPS might help the cause.
Work with Security Professionals
Perhaps a good plan would be to bring in an expert to determine the true security level of a business' network. A security specialist can look for obvious security flaws as well as ones that may not be so obvious, but still create risks. A security professional's insights could help guide a company to being more careful in the future. Equally helpful would be the specialist's pointing out of immediate problems that must be quickly addressed.