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IT Consulting Tips: Protecting Sensitive Company Data

IT Consulting, Security | December 15, 2017

At Express Computers, we know that protecting sensitive company data should be a top priority of companies of all shapes and sizes. That is why we offer a wide range of data protection and IT services that are designed to help protect your company’s data from prying eyes. Here are some simple IT consulting tips on how to be proactive about protecting sensitive company data.

Password Protection

Ensuring that employees are using good password practices can be crucial to keeping a company’s data safe. In addition to creating original, complex passwords for every account, employees should also take care to change their passwords at regular intervals, typically every few months. For the best results, try using passwords that feature capitalized and lowercase letters combined with randomly interspersed numbers and symbols.

Software Upgrades

Downloading security updates for office computers at regularly scheduled intervals can help safeguard the company’s data and e-commerce site. Regular security updates should include anti-virus programs or encryption utilities for sensitive information. Updated anti-virus programs can help prevent infection by viruses and malware, while encryption software can secure a company’s most sensitive information by using algorithms to alter data, so it cannot be read without a password.

Wireless Network Security

Almost every company relies on a wireless network to get online and conduct business. This makes weak wireless network security a popular target for both hackers and cyber criminals. To protect your business and employees, use a router’s strongest available encryption standard, and protect the router and Wi-Fi access with passwords. Along with stopping random users from stealing Wi-Fi, passwords can prevent hackers from hijacking account information, files, and even consumer financial information.

Cloud Network Selection

Cloud computing enables companies to store a huge quantity of data online, making it easier to share files and documents throughout the entire operation. When looking for a cloud computing service, try to choose a cloud service that limits file access to vetted employees, and only shares documents that contain no essential or confidential information. Additionally, if sensitive data is being stored on the cloud, it is important to make sure that it is both encrypted and password protected.

If you would like to learn more IT consulting tips for protecting sensitive company data, or if you are interested in one of our services (data protection, IT services, or software development), please contact the IT experts at Express Computers at 604-888-7904 or request a consultation by filling out a contact form on our website.