Here are several quick and easy steps you can take to bolster your resistance to an attack.
- The first is simple, make sure your workstations go to “sleep” when inactive for more than a few minutes.
- Clean your desk at the end of the day. Put all files in a locked cabinet or file room.
- If you offer Wi-Fi to your clients, consider using a second network just for them. Keep the network used for your workstations separate and protect it with a password.
- Back up your files regularly! This is good practice to safeguard against data loss from other sources, too.
- Do you work from home? Make sure laptops and files are secured whenever they are out of the office.
- Do you send sensitive data via email? Email can be accessed by hackers before arriving at its destination, so consider what you are sending.
- Review your security standards at least annually and make any necessary improvements.
- Finally, we all should be checking our personal and business credit reports for signs of trouble, or mistakes that need correcting at least annually.
Honorine M. Campisi, CPA