As a company, you collect a lot of data regarding your workers during the onboarding process and even as they work with you. This information includes credit card data, payslips, addresses, family information, and others.
Should this data get into the wrong hands, it could lead to many catastrophes, such as credit card fraud. As a business owner, how do you protect your workers’ data? This article addresses this by highlighting how you can handle sensitive data; read on!
Adopt The Right Security Tools
Sensitive information requires adequate security not only from other workers in your organization but also from cyber-attacks. The rise in cybersecurity threats makes it more important to adopt security tools.
One tool to adopt is anti-malware software. This software will monitor your systems and detect any suspicious activity. It devises measures to counter the attacks and notifies you of the same to enable you to revamp your security. It’s also best to set up firewalls in your systems containing sensitive data. As the name suggests, firewalls will build a wall against which hackers can’t pass through, protecting your data.
Alternatively, you can outsource the security aspects of your data and systems. This is a viable solution if you lack the resources to invest in security tools and hire a team. Business IT support providers have advanced technologies that they’ll use in your company. They also have a team of experts with proficiency in the industry; they’ll protect your workers’ sensitive information from the point of know-how rather than through trial and error. All these resources more or less assure you that your data will be safe without lifting a finger. You’ll only have to pay a subscription fee.
Store Information On The Cloud
A cloud system offers various solutions for handling your sensitive worker information. This system will provide you with adequate storage space. Depending on the number of workers you have, you hold a lot of information. You might need to store this data on hard drives in a normal situation. You’ll have to invest in many hard drives to accommodate all the data. You’d have to acquire a storage area to store all the drives, which you might not have, including the finances to acquire one.
However, the cloud changes everything about data storage in your company. It has a large storage space, where you can store all your workers’ sensitive information no matter the number.
This technology also doubles as a backup system. It’s always advisable to back up all your data every so often. There’s always a possibility of data being stolen or lost in your systems. A backup ensures you can easily retrieve your data, ensuring you don’t completely lose your data.
The number of people in your organization with access to your workers’ sensitive information determines its security. The more the number, the less secure it is. Therefore, it’s best to reduce those with access to the said data. How?
Consider making use of passwords. Passwords will ensure that only those you’ve granted access to can have them. Ensure the passwords you use are strong enough that unauthorized persons can’t guess the combination and access the sensitive data. Password management tools can help you ensure you use strong passwords. These tools will suggest codes with several characters, including numbers, symbols, capital, and small letters. In addition, you can set the password management tool to update the combination regularly, such that no password stays in place for too long. A password used for too long can cause vulnerability to the workers’ information.
Formulate Reactive Procedures
As previously stated, even with all the security measures, there’s always a possibility of a data breach. Reactive procedures aim to gain control of your data after it’s been stolen.
One action you can take is to encrypt your data. Encrypting your data involves coding sensitive information. Once hackers access the data, they’ll be unable to use it. Hackers cracking the code is a possibility, but it might take time. Most hackers will abandon the process midway, protecting sensitive information.
It’d also help to develop an incidence response plan. The plan will guide your team on the actions to take in the event the sensitive data gets stolen. It should include whom to contact and the step-by-step procedure to take, including in what order to try to recover each data. This order is based on the importance of the particular workers’ sensitive information.
Data security is an essential aspect of any business. This article has discussed ways to ensure data security in your business, specifically data relating to sensitive workers’ information. Consider adopting the strategies given to protect your workers; you’re less likely to go wrong.
Author: Yvonne A. Alcala