Managing Risk in IT Security for Mid-Sized Companies

Hackers, stolen identities and more are terrible words and phrases that come to mind when we think of breeches in security. When it comes to a mid-sized business, you need to worry about the security of the company but also of the customers who use your services or products. How can you lower the risk of security breeches and other issues in your company?

Choosing Trustworthy Individuals
When we think of security breeches, we often envision someone from the outside breaking in. However, that’s really not always the case. In fact, a person who already has access to sensitive company information can really do some major harm and damage. Whether it’s a person who enters with foul intentions or a disgruntled ex-employee, you need to be wary of who has access to the company information.

Protecting the Back end
Upon hiring people who you do not trust 1000 percent, you must give them other roles in the company. The back end needs to be reserved for only the most reputable people at the establishment. Try to keep the group as small as possible. If you do wind up having an internal security breech, it will be easier to figure out who committed the act. Consider changing the usernames and passwords every few months. Changing this information can help to prevent other people from getting in.

The Equipment
What do you need to maintain security? Consider hiring a professional to prescribe the exact tools that you need for your business. Generally, anti-virus software installed on your computer is enough to protect against an array of viruses. Hackers, though, create their schemes for a living and can circumvent some barriers. Therefore, you need to have the best software available. Furthermore, you should install a firewall on your computer to prevent random individuals from accessing information about the company and the clients who purchase goods or services from your company. These are the basic methods of keeping your website safe from major attacks and problems.

Updated Equipment
How often do you just click “later” when a security update wants to be installed on your computer? This isn’t a good idea for a home computer, let alone for a company computer. Be sure to keep up-to-date on your required upgrades, and look into the latest security software whenever possible. As mentioned above, the best idea would be to hire someone who specializes in website security, especially when you are running a mid-sized business. Keeping track of all this information by yourself can certainly be a major hassle for which you don’t have the time, so bringing in the professionals ensures that it is done in a timely and efficient manner.

You always need to make security a concern when you have your company’s best interest at mind. Unfortunately, threats can come from all over the place, whether they spring worth from a person who already works at the business or from an outside threat. You must be alert to the potential problems at all possible times.

Author Pam Johnson enjoys blogging and is a contributing writer for

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  1. Sarah Park says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Security section in every company is very important and should be monitored at all times. A failed security system might destroy the whole company.
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