Axon’s Guide to Protecting Your Data

Written by Anna on September 12 2017

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With less than nine months until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law, your business should be thinking about protecting your data. Here’s how you can protect your data from cybercriminals while keeping in line with the GDPR.

Protect your email

Every day, people share important information and data via email. So much so that it’s vital you defend them against any potential hack. We recommend that businesses use Microsoft Office 365 for advanced email security features such as Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to guard mailboxes against malicious links and attachments; manual retention and deletion policies; and risk assesment and insight into potential threats with Advanced Data Governance. 

Clean your data

When you clean your data, it gives you the chance to really understand what you have and what your business needs. You can detect incorrect or incomplete data then replace or delete it. You can protect your data through migrating to a cloud computing platform which provides many security benefits to businesses.

Educate your staff

95 percent of security breaches are down to human error, so be sure to educate your staff. It’s vital that they understand the importance of data protection, and security best practices. With the GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018, your business will be responsible for any compromised data with heffy fines for GDPR breaches.

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Use Mobile Device Management applications

MDMs are a great way of protecting your company data on mobile devices. They help to protect all the business data stored on them. MDMs can scan and prevent the download of potentially harmful apps to a device. They also give you the opportunity to remotely wipe data should a device become lost or stolen.

Create strong passwords

Too many of us use the same weak passwords for multiple accounts. Simplistic passwords are not effective protection against cybercriminals, who can easily hack systems with such flimsy protection. If you don’t have complex passwords, or you use the same password for all your system accounts, cybercriminals can access all your accounts with a single hack, leaving you in a very vulnerable position.

Protect your mobile workforce

Over the last decade, there has been a change in working practices. Nowadays, an increasing number of people use their mobile device for work. Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) has become common in the modern workforce. This benefits businesses as employees can work on the go. However, if you don’t protect these devices and they are lost and stolen, your business can suffer.

Data protection impacts your bottom line and reputation

If you suffer an attack, your customers could lose faith in you. Not only that, but as of 25 May 2018, under the GDPR, harsh fines may apply. These penalties are either €20 million or 4 percent of your company’s global annual turnover, whichever is greater. If you compare the cost of protecting yourself to the potential penalties, it makes sense to invest in data security.

We recommend businesses protect themselves with Microsoft Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) - both effective and reasonably priced.

If you would like to know more about protecting your business, or need help setting up effective data security get in touch today.

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