Have you ever been afraid that your organization’s data and information could be compromised? In a context where the strategy and competitiveness of companies are largely based on data, information security becomes a key resource for companies like yours.
Cybercriminals are always looking for vulnerabilities in the information systems of organizations. So it is essential to have an adequate IT security structure in your company, to be able to protect it from these attacks.
Why is information security important?
When we talk about security, we refer to the policies and procedures used to prevent access, theft, or damage to your organization’s systems and information. In this sense, information security is the set of measures that allow you to safeguard and protect the information of your company.
All human activity involves risks. So it is important that information security systems are prepared for the threats underlying daily operations. Identity theft, unauthorized access, and authorized access with illegitimate use of data are some examples of the threats that computer security helps us prevent.
Main threats to your organization and how to prevent them.
The threats that poor IT security structures and mismanagement can bring to your company are vast. Virtually any problem you can think of poses a potential threat.
We have compiled several examples of problems our clients have had before working with us, which we have helped them overcome and correct. It is important to have the necessary precautions in the development of software products, to avoid these.
A very common type of threat is the one that occurs when accessing company systems from Wi-Fi networks external to the company. Public networks in places like hotels and restaurants can be infected with viruses and malware. To minimize this risk, it is important to establish a policy that does not allow employees to disable defenses. This could also be useful in cases of loss or theft of laptops or mobile devices.
Attacks from within are also possible, that is, employees who have access to sensitive information and who betray the company. This could be related to reckless employee browsing of dangerous websites. Mitigation of these attacks can be implemented with the use of web content filters, in addition to the implementation of dual controls. Dual control is one in which each key resource has an alternative plan to be able to recover and protect the information in the event of its loss or leakage.
Technical problems in the configuration of the company’s security networks can lead to great threats. If your company has its web servers compromised, attackers could infect the website or other information systems and the virus could spread to visitors. In this sense, a bad configuration that compromises the security of the information can be mitigated with a software of automatic reviews of the security system, in addition to the implementation of an outgoing proxy web server.
All of these threats escalate if your organization lacks a strategically defined contingency plan. It is very important to raise barriers for intruders through effective security systems. But it is also key to develop contingency plans in case of errors.
Information security principles.
In order to ensure the effectiveness of computer security systems, they must comply with a series of principles. When we develop software for our clients, we always make sure that the finished products comply with these principles and are 100% compatible with information security systems. Let’s analyze each of them below.
- Confidentiality. The information must be visible only to the users and profiles that should have access.
- Integrity. The information must be complete, orderly, and unaltered. The hash function ensures the integrity of the information.
- Authenticity and non-repudiation. This means that the transmission of the information cannot be questioned. The recipient must be able to be sure that the sender is who he claims to be (authenticity) and, in parallel, the sender should not be able to deny delivery (non-repudiation).
- Availability. The information must be available when and where it is needed.
- Privacy. This characteristic refers to the ability to control the use of information about oneself.
Recommendations for effective data loss prevention.
To prevent the disclosure of confidential information to unauthorized persons, organizations must develop policies and procedures to prevent the loss of information. Data loss prevention measures must be consistent with policies and procedures in accordance with data sharing and confidentiality practices.
Confidential information of the organization must be identified. Products to prevent data loss can be used in reliable communications and all solutions for data management and control.