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5 ways to keep on top of business security
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5 ways to keep on top of business security

business security tipsTechnology is rapidly progressing, countless amounts of data can be stored in a virtual cloud and you can instantly swap faces with your favourite pet, unfathomable years ago. However, for the advances in technologies that make our business easier, there are an insidious group of hackers and criminals, intent on using it for sinister purposes.

For every major, headline-grabbing data breach, there are thousands of calculated attacks on smaller businesses and third-party vendors. Many businesses adopt a whack-a-mole approach to security threats, but if the hammer misses, the consequences can be disastrous.

Here are the five ways to constantly improve your company’s security program:

1. Never be satisfied:

A good security program reviews new technologies constantly. For example, instead of relying on traditional anti-malware software, you might evaluate a new technology by observing how files first execute in a virtual cloud machine sandbox instead. Or you might consider a cloud-based solution over dated on-premise appliances.

2. Share your security program with customers: 

Your company could benefit from letting your customers review your security program and then listening to their feedback. They may have expertise that can help improve your program. Although not every recommendation will be useful, being open to feedback from customers will demonstrate your ongoing commitment to them.

3. Invest in third party audits: 

By investing in SOC2 Type 2 or ISO 27001 certifications, you’ll assurances that your security controls are being correctly designed and implemented. Completely internal security management is difficult; having an external auditor identify any gaps or improvements will help ensure you’re as secure as you can be.

4. Listen to your employees:

Engaging with your employees can be a great way to maintain a successful security program; you could create a ‘Security Group on the intranet, hold regular inter-departmental meetings

5. Learn from your mistakes:

Issues will unavoidably occur, when they do conduct a ‘post-mortem review' for every security incident or significant event. More importantly, create an action item list with delivery dates - and follow-up for corrective actions or to identify areas that need improvement.

The most important thing to remember is that no program is perfect, and assuming yours is can be damaging. If a customer or potential customer views your business as unsafe, then there’s no coming back. To be truly secure, your business has to be proactive rather than reactive.