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Information Security Breach – Keep Your Company Data Safe!
I'm sure nobody has to tell you this, but
keeping your company's data secure is important. This is why I am taking
a moment to outline a few ways you can keep things tightened up around
the office without worrying too much about employee turnover or any other
factor interrupting your business.
- Use different passwords EVERYWHERE.
If your e-deposit machine password is the same as the password for your
time clock and exchange server, people will notice. It is easier to remember,
which is both the good and the bad thing. It will be easier for anyone
trying to get confidential information from your company to guess the password
you have a habit of using. Combat this with a password vault of some kind.
We recommend Password
Safe, a free utility that
requires you to remember a master password in order to gain access to its
database of passwords for your online accounts, servers or anything else
you wish to store. Take a look at the October 18th, 2008 article we posted
in the Security Corner section of this blog for more info.
- When an employee leaves,
delete them! We are very strict about our procedures with our clients
when it comes to terminating an employee. Not only is it smart to delete
the user immediately, but add his / her login information to a "deny
access" group if applicable. Regardless of whether the employee is
leaving on good terms, it is better to be safe than sorry.
- Stop ignoring your security
logs. As your first line of defense, your security logs will point
out bad password attempts, unknown username errors, and many other events
that should raise alerts to someone trying to gain access to your data
that should not have it. Randy Franklin Smith has published a website
that clearly defines almost all Windows Security Log Events
to help you decipher the activity on your server. Pass this info on if
your system Admin is not already monitoring for you.
- Patch and update your computer
as often as you can. If you are a DCG St. Bernard customer, you do
not have to worry about this one. We do this automatically for all of your
covered machines and we only install the the updates that are "white-listed"
(or pre-approved) for you hardware / software environment. For those who
aren't as fortunate, Keeping your operating system up-to-date is the number
one method of staying protected from exploits that aim to compromise your
data. Using products like Microsoft
Baseline Security Analyzer
or heading over to Secunia
are the best ways to stay current.
Visit our website dedicated to IT consulting in Los Angeles if you have any questions.