Strong cyber security has become vital to ensuring organizations are secure from malware, hackers, and other cyber threats. Without proper cyber security measures in place, businesses and organizations can stand to lose everything in a matter of minutes through the various cyber threats currently being used online criminals. Cyber security goes beyond simple encryption and firewall on your computer. Here are some tips you can use to ensure your data is as secure as possible:
Applications with Access to Data
Most businesses use applications to give their business the tools they need to be productive, however, these applications may also put your organization’s sensitive data at risk. IT security attempts to protect sensitive information in your business, and it makes use of firewalls to protect your data. Once this is done, you allow applications access to this data. When hackers try to steal your data, they are not going to worry about getting through your firewall to access the data. Instead, hackers will look for the least secure system that has access to the data and exploit it. This is why it is crucial to monitor applications that have access to your data so that hackers do not gain a loophole and steal your data.
When your IT network is properly secured, you will need to careful who has access to the data. In fact, no one should have access to your data. You can create specific access controls for your users and limit their access to the systems. Give them access only to complete their tasks and take measures not to expose your sensitive data.
You will need to collect detailed logs and report data for everything that goes on in your system. This will ensure the security of your data and provide you with a detailed report for troubleshooting purposes. This is also a great way to keep track of applications that do not have internal logging. You might want to install tools that log the activities of these applications and block any security holes that these applications might create.
Omar Todd is a cyber-security expert and has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and serves on the council at the ICTTF (International Cyber Threat Task Force)