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    5 Proactive Measures Facility Managers Can Do To Protect Themselves From Data Breaches

    Posted by CleanAlert Blog Team on Jun 17, 2016, 10:00:00 AM

    Your company data is extremely precious. However, a lot of companies don’t spend the proper amount of time protecting their data. Often, when company data is compromised, it could have been prevented by following appropriate security measures.

    As a facility manager, keeping company data safe must be a priority. To avoid any emergencies that will add to your already overflowing to-do list, it’s essential you take proactive measures.

    1. Avoid malicious cyber attacks

    Malicious attacks are still one of the main ways that data breaches occur. It’s very difficult to protect against every hacking attempt since they can occur in emails, on websites or in downloads and more. However, there are certain things you can do.

    For instance, you can reinforce your internal security systems by installing firewalls and creating unique passwords to establish extra layers of security. It’s also important to do routine system scans to make sure no malware is installed on your computers and local systems. Hold a basic cybersecurity training session so your staff understand how these attacks occur and recognize not to open or download suspicious emails.

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    2. Prevent physical loss or theft

    Theft, or the physical loss of goods, is a common way to lose data. This can occur in several situations. Someone could steal a laptop, an external hard drive or even something as small as a flash drive from your office.

    To prevent against physical theft, designate certain devices as work-only. For example, some company laptops, computers and external hard drives must never leave the office.

    Physical loss doesn’t always involve theft, though. Data can become compromised or lost if your equipment ends up damaged or corrupted. For this reason, make sure to always back up data in multiple locations, including both the cloud and external hard drives.

    3. Protect against system or OS vulnerabilities

    Every year, attack methods become more advanced as hackers find new ways to access your software and operating systems. To prevent these attacks, make sure you keep your software up-to-date and install any essential patches.

    It's also useful to establish a regular maintenance schedule that reminds you to check for system and software updates, and schedule regular maintenance for all of your technology.

    4. Prevent accidental data loss

    According to a 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report, accidental data breaches due to employee error accounted for 2 percent of all data breaches. This number might seem small; however, any loss of sensitive data can be challenging. Even something as small as sending an internal document to the wrong recipient can have huge consequences, depending on the information that's been shared.

    To prevent this situation from happening, create proper email and security protocols for document sharing for your team to follow. Something as simple as reminding your staff to double check the recipient's address and any attachments before hitting send can help avoid mishaps. 

    Also, definitely make sure you have some type of data breach insurance, whether your corporate or a small business

    5. Establish strong security controls

    One of the most common forms of data braches occur as a result of having weak security controls in place. Frequent problems include:

    • Failure to enforce mobile security protocols
      •  No restricted data access to specific departments and individuals
      •  Weak and static usernames and passwords

    You’ll need to have proper procedures in place that outline mobile security measures, map out your password policy and only allow certain departments to have access to relevant data.

    Data breach prevention is necessary for any business. Ensuring you have system firewalls as well as updated software and security protocols in place will go a long way towards averting any future unfortunate incidents. 

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    Written by David Spence

    Originally posted on officespacesoftware.com

     

    Topics: Facility Management, security, facility managers, data