Kmart, Target, David Jones, the Australian Government’s Census, Aussie Farmers, the Red Cross Blood Service – these are all businesses or organisations that have been in the headlines in recent years because of serious data breaches and none of them have enjoyed this kind of limelight. That’s why it’s wise to put steps in place to protect your data to make sure your business isn’t a headline for the wrong reason in 2017 and why protecting data is more important now than it ever has been.
Unfortunately, Australia is now a prime target for security data breaches and this is reflected in the fact that cyber crime is now the number one economic crime in the country. Who would have thought that possible even just five years ago?
As a business you need to ensure your business isn’t a headline for those reasons, so what can you do to protect your data? The first thing you need to take into account is understand the breadth of what your business is dealing with. Are you on top of protecting your data? Do you know what your data targets are, and how cyber attacks have dramatically changed in recent times?
You need to be aware that our access to information through easier connectivity had made us all more vulnerable. All manner of devices are now at risk including BYODs – employees’ smartphones, tablets, scanners, laptops, IP phones - and how the attacks are conducted. A prominent game player is now Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) – an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. Business experts say these are extremely common in Australia.
While many companies have put in measures to protect their data, many haven’t. A survey found only 42 per cent of Australian organisations have an operational incident response plan and just 40 per cent described their first responders as fully trained.
So what are the fundamentals you need to put in place to ensure your data is protected. Well, first, you need a team of experts who know all the ins and outs by your side. As well, you need to ask yourself these questions: does your network security have: firewalls, intrusion detection software, anti spyware, patching and updating the operating system, and proper usage policies.
There’s plenty more you need to keep in mind in relation to protecting your data. But what you need to do to make sure your business isn’t a headline for the wrong reason in 2017 is all within reach.