While Zest implements a variety of processes and best practices to ensure our client’s data is kept safe, online security is a team effort. With this in mind, here are some best practices to consider in order to help your company internally maintain the security of your data.
Password Management and Generation Policies
While implementing long and unique passwords or requiring multi-factor authentication for your accounts, documents and devices may seem monotonous, it is important to the integrity of your business’s data. Failure to protect your important data can leave your corporate information vulnerable to hackers, and using uncreative or basic passwords can leave a gap in your online security. Multi-factor authentication provides additional protection to your accounts because you will have to prove your identity by entering a code that is either texted to you or given to you through a VPN keychain. In order to uphold the confidentiality of your important company data, consider developing complex and hard-to-guess passwords as well.
If you are concerned about password inconsistency or the possibility that your employees will forget which password is for which account, consider using a universal password manager like LastPass. LastPass allows you to create unique passwords for each individual account you use and store them online for convenient access and autofill benefits.
The Human Side of Security
When your systems are set up properly, the biggest cybersecurity holes are created by human beings rather than computer systems. With this in mind, employees should be provided ongoing training and requirements to implement best security practices and avoid instances where security may be breached. Keep email users trained to look for suspicious requests, attachments, links and forged sender identities. Remember that most online scams are not highly elaborate or complex, and most hackers do not have to have extensive skills to access a company’s online data.
Phishing, which is the act of obtaining classified information through email fraudulence, can significantly harm the integrity of your personal and corporate information. That is why it is important to keep the email users at your company aware of the dangers of clicking a link from an unknown sender.
Firewalls Prevent Downfalls
If they have not done so already, we strongly encourage our clients to install a firewall on their system to defend from any potential cyber attacks. This firewall should be able to identify and control applications on any port, control circumvention, scan for viruses, generate real-time alerts and control traffic to and from applications. Without a firewall, your system may be at risk of receiving unwanted content or falling victim to hackers attempting to take control of your computer.
Zest Makes Data Security a Priority
At Zest, we know how important it is to have an effective internal online safety protocol for each and every one of our clients. We go the extra mile to preserve our client’s data security. Not only is Zest partnered with KnownHost, which is one of the largest secure data center networks in the United States, but our security protocol undergoes an assessment of compliance from the PCI Security Standards Council. These are just a few of the many steps we take to ensure the confidentiality of our clients’ data.
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Nowadays, many companies store most or all of their important company data on their computers. This means that secure data protection, strong passwords, staff training and data security systems like firewalls are imperative to preserving the confidentiality of your company’s information. For more information on how you can upgrade your company’s data security protocol, contact the digital marketing professionals at Zest today!