Did you know that the majority of security breaches occur at the hands of a company’s own
employees? Typically, these breaches are accidents, but unfortunately, that doesn’t make them
any less detrimental to your business.

An employee may send an email with confidential information outside of the company by
accident, leave a customer’s credit card number on a public computer, mistakenly delete
important files, or, most commonly, download malware to their company computer. These little
accidents can have major repercussions, but they are avoidable.

Here is a checklist to help you and your business avoid I.T. security breaches.

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1. Keep Sensitive Information Secure and Private

First things first, it’s imperative to keep sensitive information and customer data secure and
private. Ensure that financial data, personal customer data, and anything else that is sensitive is
encrypted and only accessible to those that need it. The less opportunity that you create for that
data to fall into the wrong hands, the better.

2. Develop and Enforce Policies For Your Staff

Policies for your staff help to avoid some of the most common security breaches. These policies
should include password guidelines, security practices, bring your own device program outlines,
email use guidelines, and anything else that has a direct or indirect impact on your I.T. security.
When everyone knows the expectations and follows them, there will be a lower risk of security

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3. Backup Data Regularly

In the event of a security breach, is your data backed up, or is there potential that you could lose
it altogether? It’s a smart plan to backup critical data (often data that is needed for day-to-day
operations) daily to a remote location and important data that isn’t updated as frequently on a
semi-regularly basis.

4. Install Security Measures On Your Devices

A key factor in preventing security breaches is to install a defense system. Your computers
should have anti-virus software installed and always be updated with the latest system updates.
You should also have policies in place that apply to devices, such as a policy for downloading
new software and password guidelines.

5. Implement Internet and Network Security

Just as your devices need to be secured, so do your internet and network. It is recommended
that you install a firewall and intrusion detection on all web connections, use a VPN (virtual
private network) for remote access, and ensure that modem and wireless access connections
are secured.

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6. Schedule Regular Audits

Lastly, it is a good idea to schedule regular audits (at least every six months) to review your I.T.
security and adjust if necessary. You don’t want to get caught assuming that what you
implemented months or years back will still work to protect your valuable data and systems

Don’t wait until the day that you need I.T. security to actually invest in it. This checklist will help
you to prepare for the worst and set your business up for success. If you don’t feel that you
have the knowledge to properly protect your company’s data and systems, working with a
Managed Service Provider like Technikel Solutions may save you dollars and time in the long