When you leave the house in the morning, what’s the last thing you do? Usually a quick check to make sure all windows are closed and then lock your doors to make sure your home is secure. You do exactly the same at night – make sure your house is locked and secure whilst you’re asleep.
So why do businesses not do the same for their computer systems?
Unbeknown to most company owners, there are a multitude of ‘doors’ that will allow access to your computer systems. They come in a variety of forms – on the computers, servers, network devices and via your internet connection – and often they are left wide open without you knowing it. These open doors can be exploited to gain access to data – not just your own data but that of your customers too. Hackers are increasingly setting their sights on smaller business, rather than the larger ones, as they are fully aware that the necessary steps to protect data are less likely to have been taken.
Making sure these doors are closed and your computer systems are secure is the responsibility of every company owner. If you take payments over the phone, you have to ensure that data is secure and encrypted and that your systems are PCI compliant. If they’re not, you run the risk of being fined and are putting your customers’ data at risk.
We have been helping customers to lock the doors to their computer systems and would be happy to help you too. Contact me or one of the Node IT team on 01767 360 006 to arrange a free security assessment of your IT services.