Last year saw a number of high profile digital security breaches at companies like retail giant Target, who was hit for 40 million credit and debit card numbers plus personal data like email addresses and phone numbers of 70 million people in the lead up to Christmas.
Then there was high-end retailer Neiman Marcus, who suffered a network breach in July, which lasted three months and affected 1.1 million customers. Not to mention the 87% of small businesses in the UK that experienced a breach, according to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ 2013 Hacking Survey.
But these numbers could drastically change and incidents easily prevented with just a few changes in how you manage your online file storage and sharing. You can stop the digital pirates in their tracks today and bulletproof your data security in just a few clicks.
Bulletproof your data security today
Number one is to make sure that any cloud file sharing product you use is loaded with cast iron security and the service provider you go with is obsessive about security rather than just seeing it as a box to tick on the sales jargon checklist.
A biased, but good example of a security obsessive vendor is Maytech. Having been awarded ISO 27001 status by the Lloyd’s Register, Maytech is required to implement a number of important security practices for information security management with ongoing assessments to make sure that all security protocols are constantly on the cutting edge.
This requirement ensures that the ISO 27001 vendor has to produce rock solid secure business file sharing products for their customers (like Maytech’s FTP-Stream, which offers multi-protocol support for a host of encrypted file transfer methods including HTTPS, FTPS or SFTP (SSH) that render potential intercepts useless).
Steps you can take yourself for better security
There are also a number of steps you can take yourself to ensure better security of your online file storage and sharing facilities:
- Do not store login details on a local computer and make sure you use a strong password – very important as it’s estimated that up to 30% of websites infected with malware are as a result of stolen credentials such as weak passwords
- Do not allow anonymous access to your files – this is where unchecked users can access your FTP server by entering ‘anonymous’ or ‘ftp’ as the username
- If you must allow anonymous access then restrict it to download only, so unauthenticated guests cannot upload any viruses or malware to your server
Author: Don’t wait until it’s too late to start taking secure file sharing seriously, get in touch with Maytech today to find out more about their range of bespoke and secure cloud-based file sharing products.