Your IT Support Experts

We partner with many types of businesses in the area, and strive to eliminate IT issues before they cause expensive downtime, so you can continue to drive your business forward. Our dedicated staff loves seeing our clients succeed. Your success is our success, and as you grow, we grow.

Free Consultation

Interested in seeing what we can do for your business? Contact us to see how we can help you! Sign Up Today

  

USA Computer Services Blog

USA Computer Services has been serving small and medium sized businesses since 2012, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting.

Five Steps Your Organization Must Take to Keep Your Data Safe

Five Steps Your Organization Must Take to Keep Your Data Safe

Keeping your data safe is extremely important. More precedence has been put on data privacy and security in recent times as phishing and ransomware litter the landscape. Unauthorized access to data can lead to severe consequences. The methods employed by cybercriminals today are more sophisticated than ever; and it quite often allows them to breach organizational data security. Today, we thought we would take a look at a few strategies people are using to protect their data. 

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication

One of the first lines of defense against unauthorized access is the implementation of more robust authentication protocols. Using multi-factor authentication (MFA) to add an extra layer of security beyond traditional usernames and passwords is a good practice. MFA typically involves a combination of something you know (password), something you have (security token or mobile device), and something you are (biometric data).

Train and Educate Personnel

Human error is a significant factor in data breaches. Provide comprehensive training to your personnel on security best practices, including how to recognize phishing attempts and the importance of strong password management. Educated employees are more likely to be vigilant against potential security threats.

Regularly Update and Patch Systems

Outdated software and systems are vulnerable to exploitation by hackers. To keep this from being a problem, regularly update and patch your operating systems, applications, and security software. Automated updates can streamline this process, as long as they themselves are current.

Encrypt Sensitive Data

Encrypting sensitive data adds an extra layer of protection, even if unauthorized users manage to gain access to the system. Encryption converts data into a coded format that can only be deciphered with the appropriate decryption key. This is particularly crucial for data in transit (such as emails) but also useful for data while at rest (stored on servers or devices).

Conduct Regular Security Audits

Regular security audits are essential for identifying vulnerabilities in your system. Conduct thorough assessments of your network, applications, and infrastructure to discover potential weak points. Regular audits help you stay proactive and address security issues before they can be exploited.

Limit User Access and Permissions

Adopt the principle of least privilege (PoLP) by restricting user access and permissions to the minimum necessary for their roles. This limits the potential damage that can occur if an unauthorized user gains access to an account. Regularly review and update user access permissions to fit the needs of the organization.

Keeping your data safe is a major consideration for the modern business, and the modern computer user. If you would like to talk to one of our IT professionals about getting access to the security tools and strategies they use to protect other North Carolina businesses, give us a call today at (704) 665-1619.

Four Major Benefits of Cloud Solutions for SMBs
Choose a Managed Services Provider Over a Typical ...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, February 23, 2024

Captcha Image

Customer Login

Contact Us

Learn more about what USA Computer Services can do for your business.

Headquarters:
525 North Tryon St. #1600
Charlotte, NC 28202

Additional Location:
859 Willard St #400
Quincy, MA 02169
Additional Location:
60 State Street #700
Boston, MA 02129