There’s pretty much no office in the world that doesn’t have a computer or computer system set in place. They are an invaluable tool needed to perform the daily tasks of maintaining a business.
Of course, this also includes being connected to the internet. And that carries no small amount of risk when it comes to sensitive data. Here are the main types of security controls an office should be implementing when it comes to their computers.
To combat the potential theft or loss of information, there are several controls that can be put in place:
This is the standard method of security control. It works to prevent actual attacks or misuse of data by implementing software/hardware to lock out potential intruders to your system. E.g. Firewalls, antivirus software
If someone is attempting to infiltrate your business computers, detective controls seek to identify the incident and alert the appropriate party. This might range from a system alarm to contacting the police automatically. E.g. System monitoring or motion detection software.
These controls seek to mitigate the effects of attacks. If somebody has attempted to access your computers, these controls would look to retrieve the information, back up or restore and damaged sections and get your office to normal operations as soon as possible. E.g. Data Restore software, Operating system upgrading.
Of course, no office computer system is impervious to an attack, but the savvy business owner can do their best to make sure their system has some or all of these controls in place to limit the potential damage.
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