There’s a fundamental difference between the sensitive data that your business stores, and the publicly accessible information that you hold. For hackers, that difference could be the key to gaining access to everything that you store, and your business will be at major risk of disruption. Access is one of the most important factors to consider when looking at online security, and monitoring who can access certain levels of data sensitivity can go a long way to boosting your security levels.
With up to 63% of data breaches occurring due to weak staff security, access restriction should be one of the first things to consider when it comes to online safety.
One of the first things to do is to segment your data so that you know what is sensitive. Categorizing your data will mean that you have a greater understanding of when and where to be more security conscious. Your sensitive data will need additional levels of security, and you should consider encryption or even two-factor verification alongside the decision of who should have access to that data. You should also consider making use of audit logs so that you have a quick way to assess suspicious behavior.
Who Has Access?
People are always going the be the weakest link when it comes to online security. The majority of data breaches have been caused by human error, and that can make your data much more vulnerable. As well as ensuring that only those employees that need data access have it, you should also ensure that every employee receives some form of training on the importance of strong passwords, and are kept up to date on the latest phishing trends and scams.
One of the challenges of online security is the fact that so many businesses are using a Bring Your Own Device mentality. When your workforce are using their personal phones and tablets, plugging them into business technology, your data becomes much more exposed to potential threats. Again, this means making sure that your team are aware of the potential dangers to both them and you.
The more control that you have over your access points, the stronger your online security will be. Information security management is more challenging when you’re a small startup, and the temptation is to use your minimal resources and just grant data access to everyone in your team. When you’re using freelancers as well, this can leave your security very open and exposed. Make sure that you constantly check your access permissions. Admin tools allow you to take control over who has access, and new team members can be easily added, while temporary workers can be removed from access listings quickly and easily.
Always make sure that you know just who in your team has access to your data, as well as understanding just what that data is. The more that you understand about endpoint security and access control, the safer your business will be. Restricting access across the board will mean that you are making it much harder for cybercriminals to gain access to your data and potentially ruin your business.