Laptop Security – How Secure is Your Data?
It is remarkable to think just how much we rely on computers in modern business operations. However, the value and sensitivity of some of the data on our computers shows to what extent we trust in the reliability and security of this technology.
But how much of this is blind faith? As the pace of technological innovation continues to snowball, so the language around computers becomes increasingly difficult to follow. The result is that many business owners believe their computers to be safe and secure, when in reality serious vulnerabilities exist.
Think for a moment about your business’ laptops and their use outside of the office. What would happen if someone outside of your organisation gained access to your data?
No matter what protection your computers have in place for external threats, such as malware and cyber-attacks, you can still have a huge problem to deal with if your tech gets into the wrong hands.
The Importance of Data Security
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GDPR and Customer / Employee Data
Since the GDPR regulations were introduced in May last year, companies have had to think more carefully about their use of data – particularly that of their customers and employees. It has led companies to implement major changes to their working practices. Although the transitional phase for GDPR compliance is still in operation, businesses need to think in-depth about what steps they need to take to make their operations compliant. However, aside from the need to achieve GDPR compliance (and in-so-doing protecting customer / employee data), there are other important reasons to ensure your computer data is secure – just two more of which are considered here.
In a targeted attack, your sensitive business data (which may comprise trade secrets and financial information) could find itself in the hands of a competitor.
Trust is an important factor when making a purchase. A data breach can very quickly damage your business’ reputation and with it the trust that you have been building with your existing and prospective customers.
Taking Preventative Measures
So, what preventative measures can you take to protect your data in the event that your laptop is lost or stolen?
Of course, you can take basic steps to maximise your computer’s security through its Operating System; as a minimum, you should implement secure login passwords.
Such measures can help delay a data breach, but your laptop will still be vulnerable.
Endpoint encryption (Ee) is the most effective way to ensure your data is unobtainable – even when physical access to it is gained.
What is Endpoint Encryption?
Encryption works by encoding or scrambling data. This means that it cannot be read or used without the correct ‘decryption key’.
Ee prevents the occurrence of a so-called ‘Evil Maid’ attack, whereby a criminal installs software to gain access to the computer’s data. Ee locks files on the data ‘endpoints’ on your business’ network – e.g. laptops, servers and tablets.
From a data security point of view, it is crucial for businesses to have ee in place – especially those storing or transferring sensitive customer data. Seek expert advice to ensure you get the right ee for your needs.
What Happens if My Company Laptop is Lost or Stolen?
After reporting the loss of the laptop to the police, you will also need to report it to the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) – whether or not you have Ee in place. Rest assured, if you do have Ee, no further steps will be required by the ICO.
Ensure your IT department are contacted immediately so that they are able to take appropriate actions. Can your business afford not to have this vital security measure in place?
Blunt advice on Laptop Security from Yorkshire Powerhouse
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