When you view the Small Business Administration website, it tells you that when there is a natural disaster, some small businesses in the area fail to re-open once conditions return to normal. Part of the reason for that is that when there is data loss due to catastrophe or hacking, it can permanently wipe a company out from a record standpoint.

The answer is to be as prepared as you can when it comes to using cyber security to protect your firm. This is largely because hackers have become more global and more sophisticated.

Here are a few things that you can do to ensure that your computer network is not exposing you to any theft or national security problems:

Analyze the type of data you have on your hard drives:

One man that had a small company was checking out different banks and their safety deposit box systems because they planned to offer customers the right to store their insurance records for certain belongings with his company. He went to one major bank and went into the vault with the service rep. A man followed him in and watched him pick out a box. He asked the man if he worked at the bank. The man told him that he just wanted to see the box that the business owner would be using. The strange man then left. He did not, apparently, work for that bank.

That type of problem is something that can occur to anyone. So when it comes to protecting your hard drives, keep that in mind. It is much easier for a hacker to access your hard drives and pull data from them than it is for them to get to air-gapped data. If you can remove the hard drives for safe storage in a company locker when they are not being used, it makes sense.

Follow expert opinion:

If you have data that could impact national security, you will probably be aware that some customers in Europe and the UK have started asking their vendors to set up server farms in buildings that humans are never physically allowed to enter. Part of the reason for this is that it is possible for those who do enter to find ways to remove data from the servers because they are physically near them.

By following expert opinion, like that of Tom Ridge, you can save your firm some time. Instead of hearing about a better firewall, you will hear that type of expert mention that you need to take a layered approach to protecting your network- like removing human access. Ultimately, the hacks that hit Sony and other companies over the past few years have made it clear that companies will need to up their level of sophistication in order to stay ahead of hackers.

Use sophisticated software:

Endpoint security has become one of the larger topics in IT administration because it shifts the focus from a massive, centralized effort at one point on the network to the actual users that are accessing it remotely. IT administrators that are given more control can then typically ensure that the workers that they are responsible for have the type of protection that they need.

Some software security firms also offer endpoint testing through their consultants. In essence, if you buy their software and hire them, they will kick the tires on your network, constantly testing your system to ensure that there aren’t any flaws. And although that can lead to some embarrassment, it typically creates a more secure company.

It may sound amazing that tightening security on your business network can actually help strengthen national security. At the same time, when you talk to executives at firms that have been hacked over the past few years, it is easy to get a picture of what could have actually happened in each case. So analyse the data that you do have and make sure that only necessary data is accessible to people in the cloud or on your internal network.


by: Mikkie Mills