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Ten Commandments For Preventing Security Breaches

Online businesses today have to take cyber security very seriously. Irrespective of whether you are a small or a big business cyber security is important for you. As we have seen with the latest Yahoo breaches, security breaches can have a lasting impact on client relationships and a company’s reputation. It is your job to put as many layers of protection as you can between your business and cyber criminals and hackers. In order to keep your data and systems safe you can follow these ten commandments for preventing security breaches:

  1. Use firewalls. A firewall on all network is a safety defense that keeps out attackers. It should be kept on at all times.
  2. Make sure you have anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware software installed on all your machines.
  3. Make sure that all the software you use is up to date.
  4. Always backup all your data. Backing up your data adds an extra layer of protection. In the case of a bad hard drive, a backup can prove to be very useful. You should perform regular backups and also verify that the backups are successful. This also helps in case of ransomware attacks where hackers might block you from accessing your main hard drive.
  5. Lock your computer if you are going to move from your desk. It is a smart and safe habit to develop.
  6. Use strong passwords. A password should be minimum eight characters long and include lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. Simple passwords are easy to crack. Never use passwords like your name, pet’s name, license plate or birthdays.
  7. If you use a wireless router make sure to encrypt your wireless traffic. Also, change the default manufacturer’s password on your routers.
  8. If you are storing information on the desktop, laptop or portable storage devices like USB or memory stick use encryption.
  9. Keep yourself up to date. Subscribe to newsletters that provide information on security.
  10. You need to start putting together your own internal-breach response team. The team should include a person to manage and coordinate the company’s response efforts in case of an incident. It should also include privacy and compliance experts.
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