Securing your business

At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.Jodi Rell (American former Republican politician)
Why should I secure my business data?

There are several reasons why a company should take the security of its data, and the privacy of its client details very serious, here are just a few:

  • Your employees might work on confidential information, classified designs, sensitive reports etc. So do you know who all truly have access to it? And if your data is secure at all?
  • For South African companies the introduction of the POPI Act (Protection of Personal Information Act) in 2013 means you:
    • Are directly responsible for how you (and your representatives) handle client information
    • Could be liable in civil cases in the event of information leakage
    • Could be fined up to R 10 million, or face up to 12 months in prison if found guilty in a criminal case
  • The fastest way to loose customers, is to have them find out you leaked their personal information (on purpose or by accident)
  • Your business's public image is strongly linked to your level of integrity in dealing with customers (including their data and privacy)
  • Working with organisations that make you sign NDA's (Non-disclosure agreements), and failing to keep to the agreement might:
    • Cause a breach of contract
    • Cost you great sums in loss of income or fines
    • Cause your company to be blacklisted for future contracts
    • Cause your company to loose any further opportunity to tender (in case of Government contracts)

You might be working on the "next big thing", designing a multi million rand invention, writing an industry changing book, or just saving an extensive list of all your customers and their contact details... Just to discover it has been stolen and used by a competitor (or an employee leaving to start their own company), or details just carelessly leaked on the internet by a lax employee, and you are suddenly in a very difficult situation.

The possibility of leaking sensitive data might be the last thing on your mind, until someone in your organisation accidentally puts the wrong view permission levels on a customer list on your public site. Or even worse, a disgruntled employee purposefully plugs a memory stick into your computer and copies your data to sell to a competitor.

Your staff might just be uneducated or lax about security - electronic and otherwise - but this can still cause mayor damage to your company.

In the blink of an eye you might go from your next big business deal, to your 'big going out of business sale', due to no fault of your own.
Let us help you to minimise the risk of security breaches, while not stifling your company's movements with exhausting sets of procedures to follow.


How we can help you make your business data more secure

In a perfect world you will be able to make your data 110% secure.
We might not live in a perfect world, but we can help you to come as close to that, as your business practices allow by:

  • ITSB developed and exclusively presents the Digital Information Security course, duration: 1 hour, location: your premises.
  • Providing new / changed websites for enhanced security (SharePoint / Html5 with SSL)
  • Incorporation Secure Socket Layer (SSL) into your public facing sites (https)
  • Offering secure data storage and transfer solutions (SharePoint, secure servers etc.)
  • Analysis of, and provision of detailed report for:
    • Software systems used
    • Current website / extranet / intranet vulnerabilities
    • Electronic vulnerabilities (in general and per workstation)
    • Workplace best practice
    • Office setup
    • Internal building security
    • External building security
    • Suggested improvements
  • Staff training on electronic security awareness (not using bittorents etc.)
  • Setup of fingerprint login for workstations / laptops running Windows 8.1
  • Setup of Windows secured virus and malware protection
  • Sourcing of needs appropriate:
    • Hosting providers
    • Data storage and backup solutions
    • Fingerprint scanners for work stations
    • Premises entry control systems (fingerprint, card etc.)
    • Premises protection systems (cctv, electric fencing etc.)
  • And much more...