Data security isn’t the easiest thing in the world to plan for, especially if your organization doesn’t have any dedicated security professionals on-hand. Even if you do, when was the last time you discussed your business’s security? While protecting your Tampa Business’s data with traditional methods, like passwords, firewalls, and antivirus, is important, what measures are you taking to make sure a thief or hacker isn’t just walking into your office and making off with your technology? We tell many of our Tampa clients that while the cybersecurity measures we take are crucial to protecting your business, so are physical security options.
If you don’t have guards or security cameras in place, you’re more likely to suffer from a physical security breach, which can be just as devastating as a digital breach. Ask yourself how comprehensive your security really is. With so many cyber threats out there these days, it’s no surprise that organizations focus on the digital aspect of security, but some people are just old-fashioned and would rather infiltrate a business the traditional way. Using physical security options to bolster all aspects of your business protection can’t hurt.
It’s also important to keep in mind that not everyone is going to be the perfect employee. You might have a couple of bad apples in the bunch that see technology and want it for themselves. This is known as an insider threat. In this case, digital security might not mean much, but physical security like locked doors and so on could make all the difference in keeping them from making decisions that are bad for both themselves and your Florida or Kansas City business.
Basically, you need to take this two-pronged approach–one that considers both digital security and physical security – for the following reasons:
- Data access is restricted to those within your organization, but even the best employees make mistakes.
- A multi-tiered approach means that employees only have permission to access data they need for their immediate work responsibilities.
- Knowing who is accessing devices and data, as well as when they are doing so, can help you to resolve issues as they occur.
Let’s consider a couple of scenarios where it helps to have physical and digital security. Access control limits who can access specific information, so if the data is corrupt or missing, then you’ll have a clear idea for who is responsible for it. On the off chance that it wasn’t the employee, then you know their credentials have been stolen and abused by a cybercriminal. Access monitoring is helpful for this, as it can also determine when someone is accessing data, as well as where they are located. Thus, if someone from another country is accessing data in the wee hours of the morning, it’s likely that you have a digital security problem on your hands. Using an MSP like Symmetric IT Group means your business is being remotely monitored 24/7.
As far as physical security options go, consider what would happen if you didn’t keep track of who checks out devices. For example, let’s say you have company laptops that can be checked out for use by your employees. If you’re not keeping track of who checks out what device, you’ll never know who currently has devices, as well as when they were last taken out. It makes it astonishingly easy to get away with stealing a device.
Therefore, to make sure that you’re keeping your data as secure as possible from all avenues of attacks, we recommend you work with the security experts from Symmetric IT Group. We can help you ensure security. To learn more, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895. Check out our Information Security page to look at the multi-layered security stack we provide Tampa Florida businesses with.