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5 Signs Your Company's Sensitive Data Isn't as Secure as You Think

The most precious asset of today is personal information, which has been utilised in nearly unimaginable ways. Although the information is often used for advertising and targeting purposes, other nefarious individuals have levied it for malicious purposes, such as stealing money, impersonating people, and bringing businesses down. For this reason, your business needs to secure the flow of information both internally and externally, especially for sensitive data.


As a small business, you’re working with a much tighter budget, which means you may believe that you don’t have room in your funds to invest in security. However, prioritising IT solutions will protect your business from deadly attacks, which can force you to shutter permanently if you aren’t prepared. By focusing on cybersecurity, you can prevent hackers from acquiring sensitive data and ensure your customers continue to trust you. Here are five signs to watch out for:


You Have Outdated Systems


Part of upholding your cybersecurity is continuously updating your apps and software. These fixes often address security flaws and bugs that can compromise your security and leave a backdoor open for cybercriminals to enter and grab your data. These hackers study the latest fixes and updates to create threats that can bypass the updated security, which is why it is crucial to update your IT system as soon as a new version rolls out.


However, if it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your system, then your sensitive data can be instantly exploited by attackers. To prevent this, keep all your programs and machines up to date and work with an IT business consultant to cover all your bases.


You Spend a Lot of Money on Repairs


Outdated equipment tends not to keep up with the latest technology, which means you may find yourself spending more on repairs. Additionally, they no longer meet current security requirements or have the capacity to support the functionality you need. Instead of focusing on these repairs, funnel that money into beefing up your cybersecurity by replacing obsolete hardware with newer, better working ones. That way, you’ll save on repairs and have a more secure company.


You Rarely Backup Your Data


When you fail to backup your data regularly, you’re also at risk of data loss, which can be incredibly costly and difficult to retrieve. Instead of waiting for the worst to happen, ensure you protect your data by backing up your information periodically. The more frequently you do this, the more you can protect yourself from data loss and starting from scratch. Losing all your information at once can be devastating to a small business, so steer clear from this easily avoidable scenario by backing up your data as often as possible.


You Don’t Have Control Over Privileged Accounts


In a business, privileged accounts are those with exclusive access to the organisation’s most sensitive information. That also means they have the power to carry out numerous tasks, like disabling security systems and making necessary changes. It’s crucial to know who can view and access this information to prevent a data breach, even from your team. There may be employees with malicious intentions, so keep a tight hold on access to privileged accounts to prevent anything untoward from happening.


Your Employees Regularly Visit Unverified Websites


Even though your employees may be well-meaning, they may visit unverified websites they believe are harmless. However, some of these have malware that can damage your security and compromise your information. Additionally, many websites are known for offering hacking services and carrying out cyberattacks, so it is essential to restrict access to these pages. Doing this will prevent someone from downloading malware that will harm your cybersecurity.


Conclusion


These are some of the signs you need to watch out for in your company to determine the security of your sensitive information. If most of these signs are present, it’s best to work with an IT solutions company to enhance your cybersecurity and protect your confidential data from unauthorised access.


Shaun Prince is a qualified IT practitioner offering IT support and managed services in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire. I have over ten years of experience supporting local businesses with their hardware and software, including security, upgrades, new installs, maintenance, and repairs. Contact me today to bolster your cybersecurity!