As data breaches continue to rise and plague both residential and consumer markets, it’s important for every business to do their part to keep their security, automation and operational technology buttoned up and secure. Simple steps and best practices can add notable safeguards and lessen the potential of hacking, cyber breaches and system takeovers.

Cybersecurity incidents are now daily news, with increasing incidents of malicious threats, data loss and stolen information. It’s a growing trend that cannot be ignored as we move more fully into a connected environment with the internet of things (loT). The reality is that breaches can happen if you aren’t prepared—and any loss could result in damage to your business reputation, operational continuity and even profitability.

Using default passwords for your security and connected systems is a definite no-no and something APL Access & Security is on top of during system installation and programming. For critical systems in your business, such as data centers, server rooms, computer labs or other sensitive areas, consider a higher form of security if you don’t have it yet. For example, you may want to install a biometric reader that requires two-factor authentication to bolster security access. This process requires authorized users need to use their fingerprint, hand or eyes to gain access and in addition the swipe of a card or use of a mobile application as secondary authentication.

Pay attention to passwords and change them regularly. A recent Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon found that some 63% of data breaches occurred from lost, stolen or weak passwords. Establish your company policy and make sure it’s adhered to.

Be especially mindful about adding loT or wireless devices to your network and have a plan for mobile devices brought into the workplace (Bring Your Own Device)—even smart watches and fitness trackers. In today’s BYOD world, it’s essential that all employee devices accessing the company network be password protected. Norton by Symantec recommends that businesses require employees to set up automatic security updates and include the company’s password policy in all mobile devices accessing the network.

Make sure your security software platforms are always up to date and have the latest revisions, as these often address the latest cyber threats as they evolve.

Cybersecurity best practices need to extend deep from top to bottom at your company and an independent assessment and documented plan and policies will help shape your organization and keep it at bay from cyber challenges in 2020.

Reach out to APL Access & Security at 866-873-2288 if you would like assistance with programming passwords for your security solutions or have any questions.

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