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The Critical Importance of Securing Your IT Assets

Posted on: 12-04-2016

Whatever your industry and whatever the size and nature of your business and its IT infrastructure, it’s critical to ensure that valuable (and potentially vulnerable) points of your system have the appropriate protection.
Depending on what the asset is, where it’s stored, and who has access to it and how often it’s needed, security procedures will differ. While it’s obvious that you’d use separate processes for a physical server and a piece of mission-critical software, there are also differences depending on whether a piece of equipment is portable or not, of if an application is required to operate for extended periods of time. This article will discuss the variety of ways you can secure your critical IT assets.

Physical security – the power of a strong, locked door

Whether it’s hardware, software, or critical documents, it’s important to know that your assets are safely under lock and key. Here, that’s not a metaphor. Physical devices of financial value to your organisation should be kept in secure rooms with limited access.

Regardless if it’s a server storing key financial data or a range of work laptops offered to employees so they can telecommute, keeping them stored safely is a must. Access to this equipment should also be monitored – with either physical guards or CCTV in the case of servers, and a sign-out register for employees seeking to use portable company property.

Physical measures can extend to the way your infrastructure is arranged and what it is composed of. Hardware firewalls – as opposed to software alternatives – will not be suitable for every situation but can be beneficial when properly configured. Equally, your infrastructure has to be built to respond to disasters – whether natural or manmade – so concentrating all your mission-critical hardware in one geographic location may not be the most prudent choice.

Protecting your assets with reliable, up-to-date software

With innumerable possible configurations of software, it’s important that you make the right choice that provides your clients and business with security and your employees with the flexibility and accessibility to do their job. With mobile working and reliance on multiple devices on the rise, it’s more important now than ever for companies to commit to strong software security solutions.

Basic steps like encrypting data on employee terminals including mobile devices, and ensuring that each computer and server has strong, frequently updated antivirus software installed can go a long way to ensuring your business’ security. Equally, backing up data regularly ensures that nothing of value in excess of the hardware itself is lost in in the event of breakage or malfunction. In this situation, protecting the data is more important than protecting the hard drive it’s on.

Building an environment with security baked in

Ultimately the philosophy of the company and its attitude toward security will define many of the individual measures taken. It’s the responsibility of management to educate employees on best practices. These can be as simple as mandating a long minimum character limit and a high complexity for passwords to ensure a strong line of first defence for individual terminals.

More abstract – and possibly more useful – is instilling in management elements a culture of information security. Having a predisposition toward continuously re-examining existing practices to ensure that you’re always up to date will mean that a lot of good choices simply happen naturally. Getting the idea in at the root that good security is good for the company means of course you’ll have regularly updated antivirus, and of course the server will be completely backed up on weekly basis.

If you’re confused about how to ensure your business is secure and safe in the modern world, speak to the experts at Singapore’s Typent. Get in touch today to begin a consultation by emailing sales@typent.com or calling our office on +65 6655 4820.