The Essentials of IT Security

The Essentials of IT Security

Businesses rely on vast amounts of confidential data on a daily basis. Whether it is customer information, sales figures, product development, financial data, policy compliance or trade secrets, most businesses revolve around information.

Yet, According to a 2010 study by Carnegie Mellon University, more than two-thirds of businesses on Forbes Global 2000 list “rarely” or “never” took action to implement basic strategics for IT security. And a 2011 Symantic Study revealed an 81% increase in malicious system attacks since 2010.

Effective security involves the operation of various strategies, products and personnel at multiple levels, working together to protect all aspects of a network. IT security at all levels must be managed in concert and updated on an ongoing basis to respond to constantly-evolving threats. Make sure your IT team has these these essentials covered.

Confidentiality
Protect sensitive data to ensure that customer confidentiality is maintained and information like technological innovations or financial information are not leaked to competitors.

Integrity
Take proper steps to ensure data and systems cannot be altered by unauthorized individuals or systems.

Availability
Take all necessary steps to ensure your IT system functions effectively so necessary information is available at all times and business operations can continue.

Physical Controls
Locked doors and properly-secured data centers help protect IT systems against physical damage and threats, ensuring ongoing availability and security.

System Backup
Critical applications and servers should be protected by system-level backup and recovery to prevent loss of data and interruption of business operations.

 Business Continuity
A plan for recovering and continuing business operations following an unplanned disaster can minimize downtime and get things up and running quicker in the event of a system outage.

Administrative Policy
Each employee should be given only as much security access as is necessary to do his job. A written policy addressing data access helps coordinate IT security on multiple levels.

Access Controls
Maintain confidentiality through the identification and authorization of system users. Usernames and passwords or lists of authorized WACs or IP addresses are the most widely used methods of ensuring user authentication within IT systems.

Technical Controls
Software such as network and host-based firewalls and anti-virus programs protect networks against breaches of confidentiality. Systems for detecting network intrusion can also help prevent unauthorized detection, alteration, or destruction of data. It is essential these systems are continually updated because they become outdated quickly as new treats constantly appear.

Contact ACE IT Solutions today for an IT assessment. We can make sure there are no gaps in your security policy and procedures and help protect the integrity and security of your data.