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Embracing Data Security Standards

Posted by Kristine Buyers on Mar 23, 2015 1:05:00 PM

Data Security Standards A business runs on data and it’s imperative that security is at the forefront of any data security plan. With any online enterprise activity it’s important to protect consumers’ sensitive data from thieves.

Making security a top priority throughout your enterprise not only makes your systems safer, publicizing your security creates a bond of trust with your consumers. It assures them all of their transactions are protected. See Data Security Plan.

When it comes to security standards, new processes are being crafted and deployed daily. But there’s no reason for you to reinvent the wheel. Best practices dictate you employ the best, time-tested technology at your disposal. Encourage the use and adoption of security measures and create a team of executives to be responsible for your security systems. A culture of security is one where employees are rewarded, not punished, for finding vulnerabilities in your systems.

You should also let your customers know that your system has a high level of security. Let them know what is in place and give them clear and easy to follow instruction on how to navigate your security systems. 

Many forward thinking standards in a data security plan are actually basic, long-proven security practices. These include the use of highly sophisticated encryption techniques. As you create a data security system pick strong encryption methods over weaker ones. Add random data to your files. Known as “salt,” this will make it harder for hackers and viruses to compromise your systems.

Another standard for data security is rate limiting. This is a system that controls how much traffic can be sent over a network at any point in time and it is used to reduce the risk of automated attacks. Hackers can try to break into your system with software that generates automatic passwords, over and over again, until they succeed. Rate limiting can help squelch these types of attacks.

Authentication is another industry standard that should be incorporated in all data security systems. A strong system of authentication will assure people trying to enter your site or access information are actually who they say they are. Access to your information or site should contain a large dose of authentication. 

A comprehensive data security plan will also include automatic scanning your networks for open ports, reverse engineering of program codes - which is also known as decompiling, and secure systems that check password strength. If your data poses a large target for hacking it is also standard to require a two-level system of authentication which would require a password and a secure token to enter your system.

Finally, make sure to test your security system before launching your site or offering a new product or service. Just like robberies at brick and mortar stores and homes, thieves will case your network to look for a way in. Don’t entice theft by fudging on security measures. 

Does your organization's security comply with industry standards? Dewpoint can assist in assessing where an organization's overall security posture is through a security assessment. The first consultation is free! Click the button below to learn more. 

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