Safeguards for your business during the holidays

David Pollino
Posted by David Pollino
Security

With the holidays upon us, any business that accepts credit cards or handles customers’ personal data may want to ask: How am I helping to protect my customers?

closeup on gift bags, with store employee in background writing in a notepad.As I mentioned recently, more Americans fear being hacked than being burglarized. More than ever, you want people to feel confident about doing business with you. Here are five steps that cyber-security experts recommend to help safeguard businesses and their customers:

  • Help protect your customer: Secure your Internet servers, including payment gateways and e-commerce applications that contain customer data.
  • Update software: Ensure you keep software up to date by implementing recommended vendor patches and testing those patches to ensure they are integrated effectively on your network.
  • Test: Test databases and online login portals against brute force password attacks.
  • Monitor: Monitor firewalls to watch for any outbound traffic that is going to unknown or suspicious IP addresses and domains.
  • Scan for vulnerabilities: To help ensure no unauthorized code has been introduced to your company’s network, run a vulnerability scan, as I’ve discussed previously, against approved applications. If any software is vulnerable, update and patch it immediately. Whenever new or updated applications are introduced, a best practice is to re-run the vulnerability scan.

The holidays are a time of giving. If you take a few precautions, you can help protect your network applications and help ensure you’re not giving away your customer data.

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