The recent controversy highlighting Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work, and potentially put confidential government information at risk, has sparked conversations around the world about the importance of cyber security. Despite conflicting views and opinions about the controversy itself, one thing everyone can agree upon is that businesses, no matter what size they are, need to protect their confidential information from potential security threats.
"Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system rather than a government-run account while serving as Secretary of State has raised questions about what rules she may have broken, whether she knew she was in violation, and who else knew about her private system," wrote ABC News contributors Meghan Keneally, Liz Kreutz and Shushannah Walshe.
According to CNN contributor Stephen Collinson, this may have jeopardized Clinton's credibility to that point that it could potentially affect her run for president in 2016, a testament to the importance of earning the trust of the people you serve. Cybersecurity breaches can be just as damaging, if not more-so, to businesses. Without consumer trust, a business cannot survive for long in a highly competitive market.
Protect your business from cyber threats
In order to protect your business from cyber threats, it is important to educate employees on safe email and Internet practices. It is a good idea to implement corporate policies and guidelines for proper email and web use. Employees should be taught to never click on links or open attachments from suspicious emails and websites. Passwords should always be original and contain an uppercase letter, a number, and a special character.
Mobile workers should never access confidential information over a public wifi. With the consumerization of IT, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) adoption rates have risen significantly over the past couple of years, and are predicted to keep growing. Businesses worried about protecting their information from possible threats, have turned to Mobile Device Management (MDM) applications to keep devices secure.
In addition to MDM solutions, businesses should invest in spam and virus protection for their email and networks. This can be purchased as a stand-alone option or as a part of a managed service solution.
A proactive approach to protection
Businesses that want peace-of-mind knowing their data is protected, but don't want the hassle of maintaining their network's security, should consider managed network services. Managed service providers, such as Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, proactively monitor and maintain client networks - keeping them up to date with important patches and firewalls, and protected from potential security threats.
For more information about data protection options or managed network services, contact a Pinnacle representative today!