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As a business owner, you can protect your employees, business, and customers from hackers. MassIT shares 10 tips to help IT departments at companies big and small create a security plan to keep their data safe.

  1. Identify Sensitive Data — Know where sensitive personal information, including health and financial records, are stored on computers, laptops, or servers, and make sure those systems are protected.
  2. Control Access — Only give access to sensitive databases to those who need it. Limit the number of people who know passwords or have the ability to enter data.
  3. Don’t Forget Mobile Mobile devices may store both personal and work information, and often have less security protection. Make sure you have secure apps and that you create workplace policies for using mobile devices.
  4. Consider the Cloud — By storing information offsite, you ensure your company can access backup information in case of a breach.
  5. Encrypt What You Have — If you do keep data at onsite servers, encrypt them.
  6. Perform Background Checks  In-house data theft is a huge problem for businesses. Conducting a quick background check on potential employees can prevent this.
  7. Control Downloads — Make sure employees understand their role in protecting the company’s data security. Put strong download controls in place, and advise employees to avoid downloading unfamiliar attachments or programs.
  8. Think About Paper — If you do keep paper copies of sensitive information, keep them in a locked cabinet, and shred the documents when you dispose of them.
  9. Secure Your Network Make sure your wireless network has a password to limit access.
  10. Update Passwords Periodically review passwords, and change those that aren’t secure as needed.

Following best practices can help reduce your business’s vulnerability to cyberattacks and hackers.

Check back for more posts from the MassIT Enterprise Security Office during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

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