5 Tips to Prevent a Security Breach in your Business

Almost all businesses today have their business data on computer and almost all of them are eventually connected to a network which is then connected to the Internet. Most have firewalls, all of them should. Most have some level of protection but almost all of them can be improved just by starting with these tips.

As long as there is valuable data, and that data may only be valuable to the owner, cyber criminals will attempt to bypass the security protocols meant to protect this data. They are attempting in ways that are much more automated and sophisticated than ever before. The causes of security breaches are as broad ranging as the attempts made. Everything from Phishing, Hacking and Malware (31%), Employee Action or Mistake (17%), Vendor Breach (14%), Internal Theft (8%) to Lost or improper disposal of data (6%). Add to this device theft or loss, weak and stolen credentials, and outdated systems that use ineffective security measures and you have a whole lot of holes to plug in your company. The following five tips are a good start for any company.

Lock it Up – Keep Important Data Secure

Employees not being educated on data security and protection is one of the biggest reasons for internal data breaches and the introduction of Ransomware and Malware into your company. Just like you wouldn’t give everyone in your company the combination to the safe, it’s a good idea to limit access to important data and information by restricting access privileges to the smallest number of individuals. Additionally, if your network and office allows for it, you can segment financial and other critical data and the select users of that data to its own network.


Office 365 Hub app released with Windows 10

When you subscribe to Office 365 as an Insider, you now have access to a new Get Office App known as Hub, a management program that allows subscribers to try out the new management application for 365 users on Windows 10. Here’s the rundown on the new feature and what it can do for your business.


How data analytics helps prioritize backups

The astounding amount of data that businesses create on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis is totally unprecedented. And that number doesn’t show any signs of slowing, most likely reaching 1.7 terabytes per person by the year 2020. For businesses harnessing that data, this creates a major challenge: Current data storage limitations make it nearly impossible for businesses to backup all their information in a timely fashion. However, with a little creative thinking and implementation, you can ensure that you always protect the most critical information.


Microsoft offers Insider Program for Skype

One of the latest innovations from Microsoft involves various popular Insider Programs. The newest of these is a Skype Insider Program. Available for all desktop and mobile operating systems, this program will grant business owners and individuals access to more frequent updates and new, special features to one of the most important voice over internet protocol (VoIP) applications on the market. Find out more about the Skype Insider Program here.


vSphere features simplify virtualization

VMWorld 2016 just wrapped up and developers are rolling out the new version of vSphere 6.5, complete with plenty of upgraded features to make your business life easier. The updated version includes new security and installation features as well as a simplified user experience. Find out about the new updates and how they can help you.