Attacks are becoming more sophisticated. And at a time when businesses are relying on more technologies than ever, the risk of a breach is greater. Using the right tech is key to reducing this risk.
Like most businesses today, you might be making changes to how – and where – your employees work. The acceleration of hybrid and remote policies is creating more reliance than ever on tech.
And this introduces two new areas where we all need to think closely about digital security:
- The need to implement new technologies to support modern ways of working
- The need to assess how those technologies can have an impact on IT security
In part 3 of our Digital Security in the Workplace series, we briefly explored the importance of creating policies to standardise hardware usage. Now, we want to explore the role that both hardware and software play in online security in more detail. So join us as we delve deeper into how the technology can help – or hinder – your efforts to improve cyber security across your business.
Modern threats require modern security
It’s clear that attacks are becoming more sophisticated. And at a time when businesses are relying on more technologies than ever, the risk of a breach is greater. Using the right tech is key to reducing this risk. That’s why it’s important to implement the best hardware, as well as the best software.
So… what should you be looking for in hardware and software? Let’s take a look.
When choosing new software, look for…
1. Integrated security
Software that comes with built-in security features as standard can help you to identify and resolve critical threats more efficiently, reducing the impact. Ideally, software should provide you with valuable insights into security, constantly monitoring threats from various sources. This may be from user activity, security incidents, or practically anything else. But remember: integrated security is pointless if you’re not making full use of the features. Undertaking a security assessment can help.
2. All-in-one solutions
Although there’s never a ‘one size fits all’ solution, the more activities you’re able to carry out through a single piece of software, the better. Why? Because it means that one set of security protocols will protect a wider range of business activities. You won’t need to monitor security across hundreds of different pieces of software, or worry that employees are using unsupported platforms. Consider exploring comprehensive productivity suites like Microsoft 365, or Google Workspace.
When choosing new hardware, look for…
1. Well-known, respected manufacturers
Buying hardware from global leaders is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of ‘backdoors’ in your hardware. These are hidden vulnerabilities introduced during the manufacturing process that can make it easier for criminals to access otherwise secure devices. The presence of backdoors is always a possibility.. However, major manufacturers and brands like Microsoft and Google are typically more likely to have strict processes and procedures in place which help to ensure safe, secure, and compliant results.
2. Robust removables
Some forms of removable hardware like USB sticks are being made more robust than ever before, helping to reduce the risk of damage, data loss, and unauthorised access. If you use removable hardware to store business-critical data or confidential information, be sure to look for devices that are strong and sturdy. You can find USB sticks today with everything from epoxy-sealed chips and waterproof casings, to physical keypads which require a PIN before stored data can be accessed.
Unsure what tech is best for you, or how to implement it in the right way? Don’t worry! You can learn more about how experienced experts can help you improve digital security in part 5 of this series. Or you can get in touch with our team at Reliable Networks directly for tailored advice and support.