Is your startup doing enough to protect your precious data or overall digital infrastructure from a potential breach? Many of you believe that yes, you’ve been taking the necessary steps in order to ensure that hackers don’t have a field day by ruining yours.
With the reliance on new technology, cloud services, and social media for business the truth is that most startups don’t have a proper system in place to protect against hackers or malware. Startups run into issues in areas such as internet security practices, the way data breaches are handled, and how the technology of the startup is managed overall.
Do you have internet security policies for your employees? Do you have a written plan of action if you’re the victim of a cyber attack? If not, it’s time to get your team together in order to map out your strategy.
In the meantime, consider these tips for data storage security to better protect your startup from what could be a devastating situation.
1. The More You Know About Your Data
Know exactly where your key data is being stored and used in the daily operations of your startup. This is where you’re the most vulnerable so if you’re not protected here it could mean a financial meltdown for your startup. This may sound obvious, but not all founders all keenly aware of exactly where the gold is stored.
2. Always Know The Latest
Make sure your plan of action, including security and ant-virus software, is up-to-date. New threats are being written and generated weekly, if not daily, and your anti-virus software is only going to be as good as how often it’s updated.
3. Employee Protocol
Employees should be given a set of online security guidelines so that they’re not visiting notoriously booby-trapped sites or download portals that could not only clog up your traffic, but could also easily invite a worm or Trojan horse into your system.
Remember to encrypt sensitive data from unauthorized access on your machines. You’ve got to protect not only your own data and intellectual property, but that of your customers and partners as well.
We hear about password security frequently but it’s really quite simple. A friend of mine who’s a Silicon Valley programmer told me that the best passwords are easier than we think: a full sentence with no spaces. For example, “theraininspainfallsmainlyontheplain.”
6. Use Tried and True Security
Do your research and look for security solutions that also scan your data for abrupt changes in size in addition to the usual searches for viruses and worms. Security solutions that are analyzing incoming files and the already existing file structure you have are going to best prevent your startup from an attack.