Avoid these five devastating IT security issues

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IT security issues may have devastating consequences if not addressed in time. From hacks and stolen data to ransomware attacks that leave critical databases inaccessible. Here are five IT security issues to take seriously and address:
  1. Using older, unsupported systems

    Many businesses have older hardware and software, including systems that are out of support for regular security or firmware updates. Obsolete tech poses a security risk as security threats are evolving all the time, often requiring security patches to keep up.

    Even if it means you need IT-savvy professionals to install entirely new IT infrastructure, it’s worth taking every precaution to maximise uptime and your IT security.

  2. Not backing up data

    Backing up data might not seem like a security issue, on the surface. It may seem more like a ‘preparedness’ issue (for example, having data to replace corrupted or otherwise unusable data).

    However, business continuity relies on solid backup solutions and backing up data is also important for security purposes. If, for example, a business did not have a user database backed up, it would not have the information needed to contact customers in the event of an emergency where usual systems are unavailable.

  3. Under-utilisation of cloud-computing

    Cloud-based IT solutions provide an added layer of security as they avoid a centralised, single access point. Thanks to the cloud, for example, poor physical security isn’t as great a risk (for example, hardware theft in a robbery would not necessarily mean vital data is lost).
    Ensure your IT infrastructure incorporates cloud-based tech into the mix to ensure data is available anywhere to those who have the necessary permissions.
  4. Not using strong encryption

    Website and email encryption are both key for ensuring private information stays private. Inadequate encryption is also one of the most common IT security issues.
    With many browsers and email clients now notifying users when a website or email sender can’t be verified, poor encryption is more than a security risk. It may suggest untrustworthiness to potential clients and other associates, thus posing a reputation risk that runs all the way back to first impressions.
  5. Not having security conscious IT experience

    Many companies have limited human resources in IT or else have IT staff who are inexperienced in security protocols. This is a disaster waiting to happen, since in the event of a crisis you need IT-savvy security experts who know what to do (and have also set up pre-emptive measures to minimise the chance of said crises).

Make sure you avoid the five IT security issues outlined above and speak to Ativo today about our bespoke security conscious IT solutions.


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