3. Keep control of your data. Anyone working in a business will know that due to the sheer amounts of data processed on a daily basis it is easy to lose track of who is responsible for it and where it is – or should be – stored. An inventory of all data is essential to locate and limit access to sensitive data.
4. Secure mobile devices. Particularly with small businesses, a substantial proportion of the workforce is connected using BYOD devices, meaning employees regularly take data in and out of the office and connect to the network from external locations. To keep the upper hand, employers need to log all devices used by employees – from mobiles and laptops to USB sticks and tablets – and protect network access with VPNs and firewalls.
5. Keep ex-employees out. While most internal leaks will happen unwittingly, the few intentional cases of data theft often involve bitter ex-employees seeking revenge. Ensure you block all access to your network as soon as the employment is terminated to avoid nasty surprises.
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