It goes without saying that most modern businesses rely on IT to some degree. However, whether you use computerized cash registers or process data over a complex network of devices, there are potential cybersecurity risks. Identity and access cover a broad range of personal, financial, and business-critical data security.
A simple example for smaller businesses is access to cash registers. Let’s say you employ a small team of up to five people. If each user is not uniquely identifiable, there is a risk of cash going missing without accountability. Without the benefit of other security measures such as security cameras, you may never identify the thief.
Therefore, controlling access to devices such as cash registers hinges on identity. If each authorized employee has to enter unique login details, you have a log of who was using each cash register and when. Tying employees to a login session also creates a culture of responsibility, as any issues are easily traced back to a specific session and user.
Device & Software Access
Computer devices and software hold and process data that is crucial to the operation of businesses. There are significant security risks associated with the sensitive information of customers, clients, and vendors. Your business may also have a legal obligation to adhere to compliance regulations.
One of the best ways to track who accesses sensitive data is through the creation of login protocols for devices and software. It is possible to access devices and software offline or connected to the internet. In either case, controlling who can handle data is crucial for cybersecurity.
Passwords and access restrictions are put in place to prevent unauthorized users from accessing sensitive data. You may also wish to allow employees to work remotely, presenting further security risks. Additional login requirements such as access to your network and software through a VPN can provide further protection.
Businesses that rely on a computer network (whether local or connected to the internet) will need to consider identity and access needs. Providing all users with blanket access to the network is not recommended. This practice will put your sensitive data at risk of compromise or theft.
It is possible to provide network access to your employees. Businesses can protect customer and business crucial information by creating profiles based on job roles and positions of authority. Much like the example of logins for cash registers, logs will provide details of user access and actions.
Multi-tier authentication can work for most businesses with relatively complex user needs. Unique passwords, text confirmation, and VPN access are some examples of enhanced security. However, if you do not have the expertise or resources available to facilitate these additional measures, ClubDrive Systems is available for managed IT solutions.
Role Specific IT Security Profiles
Computerized systems typically offer the ability to create user profiles with access and security options. A good example of this is Microsoft operating systems and software that allow IT controllers to control what each profile can do according to set policies and protocols.
As a business owner, these security processes may sound daunting. However, creating identity and access protocols can safeguard data against cybercriminals or unscrupulous employees. If you are not in the position to hire dedicated IT staff, ClubDrive Systems offers cost-effective IT management. We can take care of data protection needs and more.
Call ClubDrive Systems today for a managed IT consultation. All our solutions are tailored to the individual business and industry. We can also ensure that your business is protected and fully compliant with applicable laws or regulations.