Most employers take great care in protecting any and all employee personal information they store, such as social security numbers and credit cards used for travel. When that care doesn’t extend to making sure employees, themselves are taking effective measures for protection, the result is multiple points of potential compromise that can severely damage an enterprise’s brand.
How is your own organization doing? Consider the following three best practices to ensure that data is more completely secured throughout your enterprise.
A solid managed network security solution can assist in many of these measures with automated, 24/7 threat protection, including intrusion protection, anti-virus protection, DDoS mitigation and immediate updates when new threats emerge. In many cases, these services will, for example, automatically scan emails with attachments and block documents that contain viruses and malware. Any enterprise that does not have such a solution, and those that haven’t upgraded recently, are encouraged to make sure they have a high level of managed security. Be sure to extend this to remote employees, who should be covered by protection on their personal internet access points.
It’s also important to remember that no managed security solution can button up an enterprise 100%. Complete security requires vigilance on the part of employees, who can form an important front-line defense against intruders who seek to gain access to information within the workplace. A program based on the three principles outlined above is a great place to start.
Trent Pham is Head of Security Products for Windstream and is responsible for the organization's enterprise security service strategy, development, and life cycle management. He joined Windstream in 2016 and has 20 years of security product management experience with communication service providers, security service provider, and startups. Trent also taught information technology at the University of Denver's Information and Communications Technology Graduate Program. Trent received an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and holds a CISSP certification.
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