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IT Measures to Adopt Now
November 4th, 2016

IT Measures to Adopt Now

Kathi Fuhrman

Data security is a serious concern for every business. Data breaches continue to make headlines at alarming rates. Hackers strengthen their skills and learn new ways daily to break through the most se...

Data security is a serious concern for every business. Data breaches continue to make headlines at alarming rates. Hackers strengthen their skills and learn new ways daily to break through the most secure servers, firewalls, and security measures.

A common mistake of many businesses is the failure to update security measures consistently. Predicting new hacking methods is nearly impossible. Companies of all sizes feel the daily pressure to keep confidential and company information secure.

Adopt these IT measures now to keep your business secure.

Data breach statistics

HM Government recently published a report with these alarming statistics:

  • 90% of large businesses experienced a breach.
  • 74% of small businesses experienced a breach.
  • 59% anticipate more breaches this year than last.
  • Data breaches cost large businesses as much as $6 million.
  • Data breaches cost small businesses as much as $402,000.
  • 50% of breaches were caused by human error.
  • 72% of large businesses provide ongoing security training.
  • 63% of small businesses provide ongoing security training.

What do these mean? Data breaches are a significant problem for businesses.

Take Action

Businesses need to implement security measures for multiple reasons.

  • Protect customer information.
  • Protect business information.
  • Prevent bad publicity stemming from a breach.
  • Increase financial security – data breaches can force you to close the doors.

Businesses that experienced a breach, reported several consequences and costs:

  • An increase in security policy and procedure costs.
  • Change in recruiting talent.
  • Decrease in brand reputation.
  • Disruption in business operations.
  • Loss of business.
  • High costs to fix and manage the breach.

IT measures to take

Minimize these costs and consequences by implementing ongoing security measures.

  • Encryption. Make VoIP packets unreadable while calls travel over networks.
  • Authentication. Prevent call interception. Authentication lets you register your users and asks for their identity and can deny access if it’s not provided.
  • 24/7 monitoring. Most attacks occur when businesses are closed. Hire a third party security agency to monitor servers and firewalls for breaches.
  • Password policy. Implement a business policy requiring employees to change passwords every 30 days. Create passwords that meet strict standards – combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and unique symbols.
  • Firewalls. Check with your IT provider and confirm your firewalls meet necessary VoIP protocols. If they don’t, update them with a more secure option.

VoIP

VoIP has replaced nearly 80 percent of business telephone services. It makes sense – the increased flexibility, decreased costs, and increased efficiency are benefits businesses look for. Even with its benefits, VoIP has one major disadvantage- increased risk of a data breach. Businesses utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol services need to adjust their security policies and procedures immediately. Take time to discuss security risks and prevention options with your VoIP provider and IT service company.


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