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Cybersecurity: Have you remembered these 5 things?

You’ve finally implemented a comprehensive security system.  It comes with advanced features, administrative privileges and an entire setup dedicated to your privacy.  At this point, you feel like your business is operating on an island, inside a locked vault, on another planet, guarded by the entire Marvel lineup.  So, you’ve taken the liberty and placed all security related “things” in the back of your mind.  All you have to worry about now is your clients…like it should be, right?


You see, securing your technology and all that data isn’t just about the firewalls, antivirus programs and network protocols.  It’s also about your mindset.  There are aspects of your security that should permanently stay at front and center… not pushed into the cobwebs of your mind.  Here’s a few of the things you should keep in mind on a daily basis.

Remember the Internet of Things.

Have you addressed all those devices floating around your business?  Accessing your database, emailing private information and reviewing critical files?  Let’s hope so.  The Internet of Things is taking over and if you want to succeed, grow or compete, your business will welcome its dominance with open arms; however, you have to remember that this naturally includes a large security risk.

Have you delegated which devices can access what?  Do they have remote swipe capabilities?  Are they locked, audited and secured?  You may want to find out.

Remember to rank.

You can’t have total security over absolutely everything.  This is why it’s a good idea to know which parts of your practice come first on the digital chopping block (although—fingers crossed—none of them ever make it there).

Which aspects of your operations need less regulation, less security, less control?  Which parts can be seen in public with little to no setback?  Focus your security on the aspects that can absolutely, never, not in a million years be out in public.

Remember who.

You can secure your data better if you’re always aware of who would most likely target it and why.  Use this to rank your processes and information.  Depending on the who and the why, you should be able to ascertain the what.

Remember to give it a status.

Whether you outsource this or bring it in-house, there should be someone, somewhere entirely dedicated to the security of your business.  While it’s good that your staff members individually have the capacity to protect your data, it takes more than that.  There has to be a bigger picture—an overall understanding of what’s going on and how you can make things more secure for you and your clients.

Remember to remember.

Everyone throughout your entire company—from top to bottom, laterally and vertically, from one side to the other—should remember the security staples of your business.  What data is okay to access? With what device and how?  Is public Wi-Fi acceptable?  Can an email be sent when they’re outside the office?  What types of projects can be worked on from home?  These types of questions should dictate how your employees remember to keep your
data safe.

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