Are You Keeping Your Clients’ Data Secure?
Taking care of your guests in the modern world means more than stocking their favourite wine and reserving the right tee time. Your clientele trusts you with their private information, so you should be doing what you can to keep it safe.
Cyber attacks in the hospitality industry are intended to steal the financial and personal data of your guests. Even one successful data breach can have serious consequences, from loss of business to stock devaluation.
Here’s what your Country Club’s cybersecurity should include:
Antivirus software is used in conjunction with other security technology to provide defense against malware, adware, and spyware. Each of these cybercriminal tactics has the potential to do immense damage to internal processes and a company’s reputation. The job of antivirus software is to spot, block, and isolate intrusive, malicious applications so they can’t do damage to your data and legitimate software. Antivirus is installed to protect at the user level, known as endpoint protection, and is designed to detect and block a virus or malware from taking root on a user’s computer, or worse, accessing a network to which the user is connected.
Patch & Update Management
You can’t afford to ignore software update notifications – but depending on your workload, you may have to. Software updates are not only meant to improve the functionality of the software; they also serve as a patch for recently identified vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Your IT company can handle the management of these updates to make sure that not a single one is ever skipped or delayed.
Monitor Your Systems
Also known as host-intrusion protection (HIP), this type of monitoring software will detect and report specially-developed malware that would otherwise make it past conventional antivirus and antimalware software. Your IT company will be able to deploy a monitoring solution to keep an eye on your systems.
Verify And Test Your Backups
If you want your desktop files backed up, it’s your responsibility to make sure your cloud is doing so automatically. You must have a backup copy of your data if it’s stolen or accidentally deleted.
Develop a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery policy that specifies:
- What data is backed up
- How often it’s backed up
- Where it’s stored
- Who has access to the backups
Backup to both an external drive in your office and a remote, secure, online data center. Set backups to occur automatically. And make sure your backup systems are encrypted.
Encrypted data is formatted in a secret code that would be meaningless if intercepted. It is one of the most efficient ways to secure a database given that decryption can only occur through a key, which is essentially a “secret password”.
This is especially important when your data is in transit – whether being sent in an email or in-between your office and your offsite data storage location. You need to make sure that if in the event the wrong party gets their hands on your data, they won’t be able to use it against you.
Let our team of experts at Tektonic assist you in getting your business secure.
It’s understandable if you don’t think you have the time or knowledge to handle this on your own. That’s why you can get an IT partner like Tektonic to do it for you. We’ll take care of it, so you can know you’re secure and focus on your keeping your guests happy.
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