SHL Advice – Keeping Your Business Safe

PadlockOne of the main areas of concern for any business is keeping your information safe, whether this be from internal threats, unexpected errors or viruses and hackers. Loss of work, data and even images can set your business on a rocky road to ruin and set you back months if not years if you don’t have appropriate measures in place. The smart thing to do would be to have all files and information backed up on the cloud, or even an external hard drive would be better than nothing at all. As technology grows and develops, so too do the threats that accompany them, so it is important to stay ahead of the curve. With that in mind, there are some key areas

Network Security
At a base level, network security involves the authorisation and control of access to data held within your network; traditionally controlled by the network administrator or your IT partner. Those who require access to your system are assigned a network username and password which grants them access to particular programs or information, which can be customised for each user dependent on their position and authority. If done correctly, network security can introduce a great many business benefits. As well as securing your daily operations against disruption, network security helps your company meet your specific industry regulations and data compliance by reducing the risk of legal action as a result of data theft

Disaster Recovery
As technology continues to dominate the critical elements of a company’s daily operations, the importance of ensuring the continued performance of business systems and their rapid recovery is critical. Your business should have a disaster recovery plan in place that focuses on IT and technology systems that support business functions, as well as business continuity, which involves planning to keep all aspects of a business functioning in the midst of disruptive events. This includes the development of policies and procedures in preparing for recovery of the network infrastructure which is vital to an organisation after a natural or human-induced disaster.

Data security
Similar to network security, data security refers to the safeguarding of information, but is targeted to a few key areas such as the defence of databases or customer information. This is commonly done in a similar manner to network security but uses technologies such as encryption; introducing barriers between the information and the end user, preventing unauthorised access. However it doesn’t stop there. It also offers fortification from corruption and theft. Data security may be needed to protect intellectual property rights, commercial interests, or to keep sensitive information safe from destructive forces and the unwanted actions of unauthorised users.

We Recommend: DESlock Encryption
DESlock is a simple-to-use encryption application for companies large and small. Take advantage of the optimised setup that speeds up the time to adoption for admins. The user friendly interface requires minimal user interaction, increasing compliance and the security of your company data. DESlock Standard edition is the most cost effective solution for desktop and fixed computers. Policy driven removable media encryption protect USB flash drives and other removable storage against the unexpected. File, folder and email encryption allow fully secure collaboration across complex workgroups and team boundaries, with security policy enforced at all endpoints by the DESlock Enterprise Server.