Security is crucial for everyone, especially for business; it is the most concerning factor. There are a few specific things which the IT manager and enterprise CIO must do to strengthen their IT security and data access policy.
It is imperative that business owners don’t treat their information security as their small health troubles (which are often ignored) as that can translate into a loss in revenue, company’s reputation, and customer/proprietary information going into wrong hands. Below are 5 pointers which should be incorporated into any business dealing with data.
1. Authentication and Authorization
Information access management (IAM) will be an essential concern with hundreds of information breaches being reported each year. The corporate compliance also becomes a major global issue requiring a greater need for providing employee credentials and access rights according to one’s job title, status and ‘need to know’ information needed to complete their tasks. Once an employee leaves, their access requires to be evoked to guarantee that they don’t misuse their alumni status.
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2. Website Blocking and Filtering
Today Google has become a verb and Internet the place to be when executives have a question, doubt or need inspiration.
However instead of working, often employees can be seen busy on other nonwork activities like surfing the web for personal information, accessing social media like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, watching and playing games, online gambling, YouTube, Netflix and even watching web porn.
Website filtering is an uttermost essential to combat employee time theft, as well as protecting all systems running on the server from phishing attacks and ransomware, which are commonly spread through unprotected and suspicious websites.
3. Employee Desktop Monitoring
Today desktop monitoring tool is the way to keep an eye on live employee activities since no employee likes to have managers on their shoulders.
The management style over the years has changed where managers have a bigger and better role than to be a ‘watching eye’ over other’s shoulder. Monitoring employee patterns, a scope of abuse/breach and work completion is possible with monitoring employee’s activities.
4. Local Network Monitoring
It is common to have a network of PCs and a network of people working on them at places like schools, colleges, computer labs, school & district intranet, government network, corporate intranet, data entry centers, etc. Imagine if everybody were free to do whatever they intended to do on your system, it would result in anarchy.
A robust LAN monitoring will allow you to chat applications/tools perhaps, provide you with live desktop monitoring such as their keystrokes, files/folders, simultaneous screens, a brief history and recent documents among few.
A proper network user monitoring will log user activities their website searches, applications executed, chat/IM conversations, file activity, and emails. Some of the employee network monitoring also provides with administrative tools for performing remote commands.
5. Employee Information Awareness and Training
Your employees are the best investment you can make, and that is why they need to be trained in information usage and right storage ways such as classifying documents. Informing them about the acceptable policies is a must and so is keeping your staff up to date on current happenings. Information safety is not a one-time fix however an on-going process.
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