Your company security should set precautions and stop any unofficial use of your IT. Shield valued data and keep your computers virus-free and running correctly. Constant security implementation is critical to any organisation. Viruses don’t care how big your business is. They will attack anything and anyone. You must be prepared to handle a malicious attack just as proficient as a larger organisation.

Protect your data

System security needs to be the highest importance, mainly if your business relies on e-commerce and internet connection. This means keeping and protecting information about your staff, suppliers and customers. Especially if the Data Protection Act is involved.

Security enforcement

You need to focus on cutting the weaknesses and enforcing security policies. This will make sure there are little or no risks of malware and viruses. Enforce clear IT policies for employees to know what is and is not acceptable and the consequences for breaching the rules. However, staff may not always follow policies. This is made worse by the growing trend – bring your own device (BYOD). Another way staff may unintentionally let you down is if they try to solve IT problems themselves with tools and applications downloaded from the internet.

Layered security

To protect against these potential security risks, a layered option to security is better. This means if one layer fails it will not open your whole network to risk.

To keep your system secure you have to go through four stages:

  1. Register your IT. You need an up-to-date inventory of all the equipment, data and software that makes up your IT system.
  2. Test for security holes. Use automatic scanning tools to check your systems for security holes. It may also be worth bringing in a security consultant to identify weaknesses.
  3. Fix the problems. Once you’ve identified any security vulnerabilities, you need to take steps to fix them. This may be as simple as updating all your software – you could do this with a single tool.
  4. Increase your protection. It’s time to get tough on security threats. Consider blocking applications and websites, or locking company computers down so people can’t install unauthorised software. This keeps systems running without incident and reduces the time your IT staff spend remediating systems.

Think about installing security audit and enforcement software or hardware to protect the individual computers. This automatically identifies vulnerabilities and blocks websites and applications in line with your business security policies.

Transitional threats

It can be hard to stay up-to-date with evolving IT security threats. Regular, scheduled vulnerability scanning on your computers can help ensure you deal with new threats before they affect your company. The same software can often instantly fix problems, isolate security threats before they cause harm.