Most people understand the importance of data security, but many don’t appreciate the critical role they play in protecting vital information.
These five steps will go a long way.
- Make sure user names and passwords are not being shared with family or friends … or posted on sticky notes on monitors!
- Require strong passwords:
- At least eight characters
- Capital and lower case letters
- Special characters
- Passwords should not include the user’s name, numbers or letters in sequence (e.g., 12345, abcde), etc.
- Require passwords to be changed on a regular basis; e.g., every 60 days
- Establish a two-step authentication process where appropriate
Limit data access only to the employees who need it, by segmenting servers and requiring appropriate credentials.