How To Prevent Data Theft

 

Many businesses depend on convenient access to data. The types of data crucial to business operations include tax forms, sales records, customer databases, supplier contracts, accounts payable and receivable, and intellectual properties.

However, data thieves can gain access to confidential information by taking advantage of unsafe user habits. The main objective of their attacks is to make a profit from stolen data with as little effort as possible.

The types of data stolen typically include:
• Login information to computer, email, and online accounts
• Financial records
• Employee personally identifiable information
• Customer databases
• Numerous hours worth of projects and reports

These thieves steal personal data from victims with a variety of methods including:
Phishing: Sending emails and text messages pretending to be from a trusted source
Wardriving: Installing spyware on a wireless network
Keylogging: Logging keystrokes on a computer
Physical collection: Collecting misplaced, stolen, and discarded information

Cybercriminals can use successful cyberattacks to:
• Steal your identity for financial gain
• Withdraw funds from a banking account
• Use online accounts to shop at your expense
• Leak sensitive information to competitors and/or the general public
• Delete data critical to operating the business

 

How can I protect my sensitive data?

Scan computers and smartphones with an anti-malware program. Your anti-malware program should be set up to constantly watch for signs of an attack. Also, run updates of the software as soon as they are available in order to receive fixes to security vulnerabilities.
Encrypt data on devices, during transit, and in the cloud.
Enable remote wipe of electronic devices,such as computers, tablets, and smartphones, in case they are misplaced or stolen.
Wipe data from electronic devices before disposing of them.
Shred paper documents, such as vendor payment invoices, cancelled checks, and price lists, when they are no longer needed.
Password protect computers, laptops, and smartphones. Also, change the passwords to the devices every three months.
Secure physical confidential records by storing paper files and removable storage devices in a locked cabinet or safe.
Disable the printing function of confidential digital records.
Enforce access policies on an as-needed basis. For example, your salespeople don't need access to the accounting shared network drive.
Audit your physical location for data breach risks, such as confidential documents left on a fax machine. SwiftTech Solutions can assist your company with this task.
Keep operating systems and applications up to date.
Avoid opening links and attachments from untrusted sources.
Conduct cybersecurity training periodically so your employees can keep an eye out for attempts by outsiders to get confidential information.

As your IT partner, SwiftTech Solutions wants to ensure your data stays protected. If you have any questions about your data security, feel free to contact us by calling 877-794-3811 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition, our subscription-based cloud service, called Security as a Service, provides another level of protection against data security breaches. The service includes:
Email Security: Filters spam and threats before they reach your business network
Web Security: Tracks web browsing activities, including bandwidth use and downloads
Endpoint Protection: Provides anti-virus and anti-malware protection on company devices
Intrusion Management: Detects, manages, and reduces network intrusions based on security policy
Security Monitoring: Network Operations Center (NOC) will monitor systems around the clock
Perimeter Security: Secures location with surveillance cameras, digital door locks, and user best practice education

If your business is interested in subscribing to our Security as a Service, contact us at 877-794-3811 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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