January 8, 2019

Top Things to Consider in Order to Choose a Secure System

The security has always been a central concern for us in what comes to designing services. Today we'd like to open the concept of Cyber Security a bit.

Throughout the years, industries have increasingly incorporated new technology into their systems and products. It’s challenging to imagine any business performing operations without technology. However, with the tech innovations on all fields of business (and life) comes the risk of compromising crucial information or even company secrets.

What is cyber security?

The technique to protect your systems and information is through cyber security. Cyber-attacks are a frequent annoyance to many major organizations, and one slip-up can lead to a huge loss in critical data and information. In addition to that, they can cause significant commercial and reputational damage, if the attacker uses their access to take control and act in a malicious way.

These attacks and breaches can be as simple as through email-borne risks, or as extensive as underutilization of cyber threat intelligence. With cyber security protocols in place, businesses can be sure to improve their productivity and cut revenue losses by bypassing system inefficiencies.

Securing your systems

A way to ensure your system is secure is through constant monitoring, along with data collection and analysis. This includes cloud service security as well. Cyber-attacks can be prevented, but only through enhanced security protocols, which can be determined by monitoring the kinds of cyber-attacks which come through.

To add, an effective way of protecting your business is through building a solid foundation for your cyber security system. IT solution providers often tell their customers that they are 99% covered, but in reality, it ends up being around 85-90% due to technology gaps. By identifying those gaps, the business can cover itself by hiring another solution provider, or by simply being aware of potential breach paths. Obviously multiple levels of security can ensure that the service is as safe as it can be.

One of the leading causes of a data breach is, unfortunately, emails and poor employee security knowledge. Hackers send phishing emails, through which malicious content can get downloaded onto your computer without you even knowing it. By implementing a resilient cyber security protocol and continuously training your personnel, you can strengthen your company’s cyber foundation easily.

Encryption adds a solid layer of protection

Most companies often tend to avoid data encryption. Why? Data encryption is a popular conception primarily designed to thwart outsiders from accessing confidential information. By allowing only the employee to access certain information through keys that only they have access to (and only the information they have been given access to), companies can keep data more secure. From a logistics manager’s point-of-view, this could mean that the employees who don’t need actual access to certain information but need to transfer, upload or forward it, can do it securely. This presents excellent tools for situations where data logging is being used: if the people handling cargo don’t need to (or even should not) know what has happened to the cargo during shipping, but still need to relay that data somehow, it can be done.

From surveys, it has come to light that though companies favor encryption, they don’t tend to implement it. Almost 2/3 of the respondents of a survey conducted by Zix Corporation and Qualtrics said they had never used encryption before, or they just weren’t sure.

Know the risks and adjust

Know the risks around you today, and take action for what might come in the future. It never hurts to be prepared for all scenarios, especially when it comes to data security. Not only is it vital to keep your secrets to yourself, but even more so ensure that only you can control your operations.

Logmore tackles security issues seriously, having implemented three layers of protection (well, four, depending who’s counting), but more on that in another post. In the meantime, you can also take a better look at our security policies.

Did you enjoy this post? I recommend taking a look at our other blog posts about cyber security, Cyber Security in the World of Internet-of-Things and It's Time to Talk About Blockchain.