Connecting your company to the web is essential in the Digital Age, but the daily challenges of running a competitive business can often distract from keeping your business safe. Well, it’s time to focus. Here are ten essential IT security questions you need to ask yourself today to find out if your IT security is really up to scratch.

  1. Are you clued up?
    There is so much information out there to help you with online security, just make sure to loop in your whole team. Research shows that most security breaches are caused by employee slip-ups. A little education goes a long way.
  2. What can you do right now?
    Keep your firewalls updated and monitored. It could stop that one suspicious email or website from bringing down your whole system. We recommend Cisco Meraki firewalls because they're so easy to manage.
  3. Is your data safe enough?
    Just as some documents used go in the filing cabinet and others in the safe, so it goes with digital data. Setting up multiple levels of security and access across your network keeps your really valuable information the most protected, while your everyday data remains accessible and doesn’t slow down productivity.
  4. Should you go virtual?
    Some professional cloud storage systems are considered safer than your own pack of guard dogs. Get advice from a reputable tech specialist on the best cloud systems for your business.
  5. Are my employees safe on the go?
    If your employees are on the move, then your business security should move with them. Pensar, for example, offers Umbrella from OpenDNS, which ‘protects any device, no matter where it’s located, in real-time,’ letting your IT partner monitor for unusual activity and enforce company IT security policies.
  6. Forgot your password?
    We’ve all been there. Password management software can suggest strong passwords and store them in a much safer way than a stack of post-its notes.
  7. Are you up to date?
    Developers work around the clock to keep their software safe from the latest hacking techniques, which is why updates are so important for security. Hackers love out of date software and that's why 24/7 monitoring and IT support is so important.
  8. Is your hardware safe?
    By migrating to the cloud, you can do without external hard-drives and USB sticks that can get lost, stolen or damaged. Mobile device management means you can lock down or wipe any connected laptops, tablets and phones remotely. Together, this means there’s no risk of data loss even if your devices go walkabout.
  9. How do you connect?
    Steer clear of public Wi-Fi. Skimming over the terms and conditions can lead to your activity being monitored, passwords being stolen and even giving up your first-born child.
  10. Who can you trust?
    Exercise some first date caution with your business partners. Get an idea of what their security set up is like before you exchange information or allow them access to your systems.

Online security takes a lot of work on top of running a business. Working with a business technology partner like Pensar gives you someone to turn to for trusted advice and gives you a helping hand in keeping your data – and your business – secure.
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