Globally, we get a “C” rating for our cybersecurity efforts

Apparently, we’re not doing too good when it comes to our cybersecurity measures to guard against hackers and other threats. Based on the feedback of IT security professionals, we’re earning a “C” when it comes to readiness and response capability. With cloud computer infrastructure, it’s even worse. It earned a “D” for its cyber defenses.

Globally, we get a “C” rating for our cybersecurity effortsThe 2016 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, released by Tenable Network Security, surveyed 504 IT security professionals about their impression of our readiness against cyber attacks.

According to a report from McAfee, small- and medium-sized businesses are particularly vulnerable. One study revealed that about 90 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses in the United States are not using data protection measures.

Here are 5 steps you can take to develop a cybersecurity plan, according to the Federal Communications Commission:

  1. Assess your inventory. Determine the type of data you use in your business, from payroll files to contact information and addresses.
  1. Review how the data is handled. Find out who has access to the data, and under what circumstances who would they access it.
  1. Record the location. If necessary, move the data center location to a different site for extra security.
  1. Develop a privacy policy. Ensure that your customers and employees feel secure that you’re protecting their data.
  1. Create layers of security. Don’t rely on just one security measure to protect sensitive data. Use strong passwords and multiple identification methods, including encryption, for accessing data.

Lifeline Data Centers has been helping clients with data center solutions for more than a decade. Find out how we can help you find the right solution for you. Contact us today.

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Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.