Is Your Data at Risk: 5 Ways to Protect Your Data

Data security is one of the top concerns facing businesses and individuals worldwide. Cyber criminals are always adapting and changing their techniques, making it very difficult to defend against today’s threats.

The best means for protecting your data is by implementing a preventative in-depth defense. If you’re not, then your company’s most valuable asset (your data) can be easily stolen, corrupted or worse – eradicated.

Unless you’re doing these 5 things, chances are pretty significant that your data is at risk:

Clean up and remediate issues
If you have experienced a malware infection or data breach without having adequate backups or protection, then you know how painful it is to recover.

An unprotected construction company came to us after experiencing a significant malware attack that encrypted their data. They had to pay to recover their data, but the damage to their systems was extensive. To protect them from future infections and both detect and remediate the infected machines with minimal downtime, we deployed Cylance PROTECT. They haven’t had any problems since.

Have a disaster recovery plan
Backups and disaster recovery plans are two things businesses don’t think about until they’re needed. Mold damage, fires, ransomware attacks – these are all real occurrences that you need to plan for. A disaster recovery plan requires looking ahead at what your company needs to keep your data safe from something like this wiping you out. Your disaster recovery needs to include both local and offsite (cloud-based) backups with a way to roll over to those backups and restore the data when it’s needed.

IQ Technology Solutions uses proven, industry best practices for backup security by storing your data off site and in the cloud. If your data is compromised, we set up a virtual environment so you can work even while your information is being recovered.

Protect your endpoints
Most business networks are routinely accessed by remote devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones. These remote devices provide an entry point for potential security threats. If those devices are not secure, neither is your network.

To protect our clients, IQ Technologies uses industry-leading Cylance to ensure optimal endpoint protection. Using behavior-based analytics and machine learning instead of traditional processes, Cylance can even recognize previously unidentified malicious files and stopped before they can harm your systems.

Monitor and manage security issues
Once you’ve implemented a comprehensive security system to protect your data, you can’t just leave it. Security must be continually updated, monitored and maintained. For instance, if your firewall is more than a few years old, it’s not serving your company very well.

Our managed services team operates on a philosophy of being proactive. By keeping track of the entire network, we ensure your systems are secure and are able to quickly detect quirks before they become problematic.

Train your users
By teaching your IT users to be on the lookout for suspicious emails and strange computer performance, you are assured that your first line of defense against network breaches is in place and strong.

Hackers don’t care if you’re the CEO or the receiving clerk in the warehouse, end users are targeted as easy ways to infiltrate systems and companies. We believe educating your users is one of the most important ways to protect your company’s data.

Safeguard your business with a customized plan customized to allow you to focus on your overall business goals – and sleep at night knowing that your data is safe and sound.

Protect your company’s data with state-of-the-art protection. Contact IQ Technology Solutions at 775-352-2301 or online.