Why all leaders and executives should prioritize data security in 2022

If you consider yourself a business decision-maker and data security is not top of mind, you are putting your company at risk. Data security is, like workplace safety, everybody’s responsibility in this day and age. That means everyone needs to weave security best practices into their very mindset at work. Data security can be put at risk by anyone on the chain of command. But the leaders and executives who are failing to prioritize data security are the ones who are most vulnerable. Here are just the basic principles for how leaders can prioritize data security in the years to come.   

Make Simple Passwords a Thing of the Past 

Amazingly, people still get caught using terrible passwords on their online accounts. This might seem like a small risk to take, but hackers are getting smarter about guessing user’s credentials. Passwords like “PASSWORD” “123456” and others are commonly used but easily guessed even by amateur cybercriminals. It’s important to use high-quality passwords that don’t put you or your company at risk of cyber-crime. The keys to picking a strong password are simple. Avoid simple passwords. Make it easy to remember but hard to guess. Consider using a password manager for easy management of complex passwords.  

Although the requirements for most accounts are rarely more than 6 characters, the longer your password is the more difficult it is to compromise. Security experts at McAfee say to avoid using personal information including your name, age, birthdate, children’s names, pet’s names, even favorite color or song. Any password that makes sense can be guessed by a savvy hacker with a little insider information (such as what is often readily available on social media). 

Similarly, Recycled Passwords Are Your Biggest Vulnerability 

The repeated use of passwords is still one of the top entry points for hackers. Once they have access to one account, any number of doors are open to them. If your employees are guilty of the common sin of using the same password for their corporate accounts as they do for their personal accounts, you are leaving your company exposed and vulnerable to the same level of security that their personal accounts support. 

Prioritize Data Management Best Practices 

Accessing files remotely can expose your company and your data. Make sure you and your staff know how to work on the road without exposing your company to any unnecessary risks. Keep software and hardware up to date and fully functional. Avoid logging on to the corporate intranet when connected to a questionable network or hot spot. Don’t allow employees to use unprotected devices or download unnecessary or unapproved apps or software programs. Make sure that when employees are out and about their work computers are protected in case of theft or damage. 

For more advice on how to make sure every employee has the tools they need to keep the company digitally secure, connect with the experts at Happy Faces Records Management today. 

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