Information Security: Strategies and stakeholders you should know in 2017

Ania
Ania
Jun 20, 2017 · 9 min read

Information security vs cybersecurity

Information security (commonly shortened to infosec) is a general term for ‘data security’ and often refers to protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) of data. This includes physical data stored in file cabinets as well as electronic data stored on servers. To this effect, InfoSec covers a broader range of assets than cybersecurity.

Keep your company safe(r) by following infoSec best practices

1. Update software regularly

The longer a software has been on the market, the more opportunity there has been to uncover its instabilities — which explains why the majority of malware affects out of date programs. This means that when you neglect to update your software, you are potentially exposing your device and organization as a target.

2. Enable two factor authentication

Two factor authentication (also called multiple-step verification) is an authentication mechanism to double check that your identity is legitimate. It can come as a built-in option on your device (laptop, phone, email etc) or be installed as a third party application. Not only does two factor authentication deny others access to confidential information, it can also distinguish between users of shared accounts, making access control easier.

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3. Diligently monitor and manage third party access

4. Back-up your data

5. Be wary of phishing

Ironically, it is often well-meaning employees that expose your company’s data to malicious threats. Perpetrators using phishing techniques can lure employees into providing access to your system via (seemingly legitimate) spam emails or phone calls.

What else can be done to stay secure?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of response

In this high risk and rapidly changing security climate, the prospect of effectively securing data can seem overwhelming. Development of IoT devices and machine learning technologies is predicted to change the scope of security breaches and opening up the play-field for sophisticated malware. It’s thus fundamental that companies make sure their security system is able to change and adapt to the surrounding new challenges.

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