By Stacy Dunn | RCB Bank Information Security
Information is as good as gold.
If you think your business is too small to be a victim of data loss, think again. Cybercriminals find small to medium-sized businesses to be more accessible targets.
While physical securities are a concern (leaving documents lying around or not shredding personal paperwork), the majority of incidents tend to be more hands off.
Hackers like to infiltrate businesses with social engineering tactics:
- Phishing & vishing
- Customer account compromise
- Vendor management intrusion
The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers a framework to help businesses protect their work spaces. Each business has unique risks and will require tailored security measures.
- Limit employee access to sensitive data.
- Use strong passwords that expire.
- Use multi-factor authentication.
- Train staff on information security.
- Reduce risk with effective policies and procedures.
- Encrypt all data, especially email and mobile devices.
- Use reliable endpoint protection, firewall and email filtering.
- Update and patch systems regularly.
- Protect all facets of your business, e.g., websites and vendor access.
Your network is only as strong as your weakest user.
Hackers are one step ahead in trying to steal information. Take steps to not become their next victim.
Information security training is a must-have in today’s environment.
Invite RCB Bank’s Information Technology and Business Services teams to speak about cybersecurity at your workplace. Call 918-342-7379 to schedule an appointment, or connect with our business services representative in your area.
Invest in your business.
This article is published in Value News, February 2019 Issue, valuenews.com.