Data Security: Steps Toward a More Secure Environment

Controlling access to data is a smart way to reduce data security risks.

Data security regulatory requirements are keeping many organizations on their toes, but beyond staying within statutory guidelines, businesses should focus on putting up safeguards that limit the possibility of a breach. They also need to be ready to react to any security situation in a timely manner.

Know the Threats

There is more than one way to get into your system, and hackers will try every possible scam to do it. The playing field changes often, which is why you need to keep your ear to the ground and know what the most common threats are out there today.

Once you’ve identified the risks, make sure you have measures in place that will address them. Schedule penetration tests so you know your first lines of defense are in working order and ready to react.

Furthermore, communicate with your team what you’ve learned about the latest threats. Keep in mind that employees are often the weak link that let hackers in and many times it’s because they are uninformed.

Controlling Data Access

If you’ve given employees broad access to your data in the past, you’ve probably gotten burned in one way or another. Employees should only have access to the data that helps them do their specific job because when they get too much room to roam around, they create an information security threat.

Map out your data and who has privileges to it. This will give you a better view of where you can make some changes that will create a more secure environment.

The Who, What, Where

Who has the responsibility to manage your data and do they have a data security team assigned to them? What type of data is being stored – short-term and long-term – and where is it being stored? Auditing your data is a good time to purge redundant or useless information but you also get a better idea of where everything is being stored.

Improved data security is all about understanding your environment and how your team is interacting with it.

Tracking Data

Non-public personal information (NPI) needs to be protected at all times, which is why you need to track your data to see what providers have access to your NPI. You can have a high degree of trust that they’ll do the right thing, but all business needs to be carried out under a written agreement that will ensure everyone is held accountable. Providers should be bound to an agreement where they implement data security controls on their end that keep your data safe.

At Compass Solutions, we keep a close eye on the growing number of cyber security threats that can cripple companies that aren’t prepared. We will partner with you to ensure you have proactive monitoring solutions at your fingertips and that your system will have penetration tests to identify and fix vulnerabilities. You’ll be able to respond to threats with sufficient speed. Find out more about our approach by contacting us today.

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