Once a company is successful enough to carry customer data, protecting that data should be a top priority. The news is full of stories of companies that didn’t take proper precautions and lost private information due to accident or people with bad intentions. Protecting data requires an effective plan and discipline in order to maintain safety standards. Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are a great cloud security solution for companies that need help securing proprietary or private information. Here are six threats to company data and how to prevent them.
Personal Devices with Access to Company Data
These days, a lot of companies are allowing employees to bring their own devices to work. BYOD is popular because it saves companies money and lets workers use what they want. However, companies need to make sure each employee device has proper data protection in place before they access company information. If you choose to allow BYOD, set a device policy that helps you control how company information is accessed. Pushing your data into the cloud and using VPS with proper cloud security measures lets you partner with companies that can spot trouble as it happens and limit risk to the business.
Some of the biggest data breaches happen because of carelessness. We’ve read stories in the past of prototype devices being left in bars and data leaks happening because someone forgot to lock their computer. Every company should have regular training for the best practices in data safety. Make the training a regular occurrence so people get used to protecting company assets.
Angry or Laid Off Employees
Disgruntled employees are another threat to company data. Being laid off is often met with resentment. When the employee isn’t thinking clearly, they could do something foolish and expose or steal company data. Data protection needs to be a component in any performance management or firing plan. Make sure there are steps in place to remove access to data before the meeting happens.
Software and devices are continually patched to keep ahead of bad actors or gaps in data security. If a device doesn’t get the newest patches on time, it opens up vulnerability. Companies need to make sure all devices are up to date with the latest antivirus software and other patches to keep information safe. Patches are especially vital to cloud security.
Most companies will have to grant data access to third-party partners at some point. How you manage that access will determine how safe your data stays. A partner with poor data security opens you up to a real threat. Cloud security enables companies to compartmentalize where and how access is granted. It can keep partners from looking or going where they shouldn’t.
Cloud Security Encryption
All data in the cloud and on devices should be encrypted for security. Encryption adds a layer of security when data is accessed or transmitted so it cannot be stolen easily. Strong encryption is one of the best ways companies can protect their information in the cloud.
Solar VPS is one of the world’s premier VPS and cloud security firms. We partner with companies to craft solutions that store and keep your data safely. Contact our team today to hear how we can help protect your business.