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10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Data Security

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March 3, 2017
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Keeping your company safe might seem difficult in the wake of different organizations being hacked. It seems like there is always some news about hacks that are happening in the industry. Instead of worrying about whether this will happen to you, learn from their mistakes and protect yourself against common mistakes in the field. Here are some things you can do to avoid common mistakes that have occurred in the data security world, and making use of the best practice data security methods.

  • Start keeping detailed logs on your systems. When you have logs that keep track of applications, you’ll be able to plug up any security holes that you come across
  • Limit the access given to employees. Make sensitive information available only on a need to know basis
  • Make access to sensitive data timed so that after a certain amount of time, employers need to re enter security passwords to ensure the identity of employees
  • Monitor applications that have access to sensitive data. It doesn’t matter how many firewalls you have around data if you use an application with no protec
  • tion to get access to the data. Be sure to keep track of these applications
  • Keep your employees educated against common security mistakes and tricks that hackers set up for unsuspecting victims
  • Set up trainings and orientations for both new and old employees so everyone is kept up to date regarding what is expected of them when it comes to data security
  • Be sure to have employees change passwords frequently
  • User activity monitoring allows you to monitor security practices of employees. That way, if someone gains login information, you will be notified of any suspicious activity that is outside of the norm
  • Maintain compliance with such regulations as HIPAA, ISO and PCI. These regulations offer standards of how to keep your business secure
  • Part of being secure is being prepared. Create a data breach response plan so that your company knows what to do in the event of a breach

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