By now you should have made your list and checked it twice.
No, not your holiday list—that was done a long time ago, right? We are talking about your list of business resolutions; all the ways you plan on bettering security in 2016.
Just in case you forgot to compile your list, we have a few ideas for you.
New Year’s security resolutions
1. Step up the security training
Human error is one of the greatest risks to security, so plan on increasing the number of security talks you have with employees – both formal and informal. Of course, you can hold meetings to keep employees updated on the latest software and technology, but also make your rounds around the office frequently to address any minor problems or questions employees may have.
2. Restrict access
One of the most foolproof ways of protecting data from human error is to restrict access to the data. Make it a priority this year to only give employees access to the data they need to do their job. Also, do frequent access assessments; people come and go and change positions all the time. In fact, assessments are done so inconsistently that a survey found that 49% of respondents say ex-employees and third parties are off boarded the day they leave, while more than half admitted it can take up to a week or more to remove access to passwords and systems.
3. Lock up IoT
It may be hard to believe, but experts are predicting we are going to see a 30% increase in mobile devices by the end of 2016. That is 30% more devices waiting to be hacked. Whether you are at work or at home, check out our 5 tips for protecting yourself against smart device hacks.
4. Accept EMV
Although the EMV law went into place on October 1st, it is estimated that only 44% of merchants will be EMV-ready by the end of the year. Stop putting your company at risk; update your technology, so if there is a breach, you are not solely liable.
We wish you a happy and safe New Year!