Unsure where to start? Let one of our experienced consultants come and look at the way data flows through your business and advise you of the next best steps to take to meet GDPR regulations. We can review your data model and design an end-to-end data protection strategy for your business, all with maximum value in mind.
As part of your data protection review, you will need to consider the types of data flowing through your business: Is it freely available? Does the data contain personal information? We can help you create an effective data classification system whereby for example, if a piece of data is marked as ‘highly sensitive’, an email alert can be set up to let the data controller know that someone wants to access it. In this sense, data is protected by the authority.
Encryption translates data into code, so that only people with access to a key or password can read it. It is currently one of the most popular data security methods used by organisations, to protect data confidentiality across all devices. In recent years there have been numerous incidents where personal data has been stolen, lost or subject to unauthorised access. By encrypting information, businesses can take control over their data by validating users and ensuring data authenticity when data is used and transferred.
- Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Data loss prevention software uses detection techniques to identify sensitive data. By monitoring and detecting personal information like bank details and addresses, businesses can determine why and how information is being used and therefore recognise any data breaches or misuse. It is essentially a filter that blocks the flow of sensitive data. This should shield businesses from insider threats.
- Two-factor authentication
Most standard security procedures online involve a simple username and password. With the ever increasing risk of cyber attacks, an extra layer of security is beneficial to ensure data is protected. Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA involves the use of both a username and password and a piece of information that only the user knows, for example a personal identification number or the fingerprint ID typically found on an iPhone. Two-factor authentication is a tried and tested method that makes it harder for attackers to gain access to a person’s devices and online accounts.
Around 54% of UK businesses have been affected by Ransomware, a situation where hackers lock you out of your devices and demand a ransom in return for access. This is a huge, scary risk for all businesses hence why antivirus & anti-ransomware software are so important.This solution scans and wipes out any ransomware attempts found on your computer, giving you extra security and peace of mind.
Device Management enables IT teams to control the securing, monitoring, integrating and managing of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the workplace. With device management, businesses can be assured that the network and its data is fully secure and GPDR compliant on all devices.
- Access/identity management
Many businesses do not validate whether its employees are provisioned with the right access and permissions to use data. Further to this, when employees move roles across the business, they gain access to new data without necessarily losing access to previously acquired data. To achieve GDPR compliance by May 2018, businesses will need to take a much more controlled approach to minimise unauthorised access to critical information. With our team of experts, we can help you strengthen and centralise your access and identity management set up and give you the control you need over your data and its use.
With the risk of cyber attacks higher than ever, it is really important your data is backed up. Backups exist in case information is destroyed accidentally or maliciously. Cloud Services make automated back-ups so you don’t need to worry about keeping copies of your data.
Cybercriminals continuously develop new exploits that take advantage of application vulnerabilities, to introduce malware and compromise endpoints. A exploit attack can slow down your computer, cause sudden application failure and expose your personal data to hackers. Exploit prevention protects the applications and files that are prone to these attacks and cleverly mitigates the methods attackers use to exploit software vulnerabilities.
Patch management involves keeping software on computers and network devices up to date and capable of resisting low-level cyber attacks. With older software versions, companies are far more vulnerable to cyber crime and leave obvious gaps for hackers to intercept. This may be the most simple technological solution but up to date software can really provide the reassurance and confidence your business needs.