October 11, 2019

How Many Mid-Sized Seattle Businesses are At Risk For Cybercrime Activity?

Physical Security

Every business should have safe guards in place to protect their data from the various physical security threats that exist.  We have put together a short list of things you should consider doing for your protection:
  • Create a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for employees so they are clear on how they should use phones, tablets, laptops, USB storage devices, etc. at the office.
  • If you have an on-premise server, make sure you have it mounted in a locked server enclosure. If you have a cloud server, make sure your vendor provides you with detailed information on where/how it’s physically handled (Should be in a secure facility).
  • Do not bring your backup hard-drives out of the office. In other words, if you are rotating hard-drives and taking them offsite this is a bad idea. Exposing all of your data to a trip between the office and home is a disaster waiting to happen. A myriad of secure offsite backup solutions exist that excludes human interaction with data to increase security.
  • Do not leave passwords unattended under keyboards or on your desk in plain sight.
  • Change ALL passwords at least every 90 to 120 days.
  • Disable USB storage devices on computers when applicable.
  • Do not let customers or strangers connect to your WiFi that is connected to your corporate network. Enable the guest feature or segment the WiFi completely.
  • Do not let customers or strangers use a computer that is connected to your corporate network. They could accidentally infect your computer system with a nasty virus or plug in a USB storage device that has a virus that could damage or expose data.
  • Make sure your business has cyber liability insurance.
  • Keep track of who has physical access to your office and or server enclosure. In other words, keep a list of who has keys or security codes.
  • Make sure your computers lock automatically after a certain time frame after walking away from them. This can be done with a screen saver.
  • If your computer screen displays confidential information where others can see it, make sure to pick up a privacy guard for your monitor. You can see the screen clearly, however individuals outside the viewing area will not be able to see the information displayed.
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