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How to Protect Your Company’s Digital Assets

How to Protect Your Company’s Digital Assets

Since the majority of today’s businesses are online, it is important to learn how to protect your digital assets in the same manner you protect your physical ones. Digital assets need to be extra protected against hackers as well as employees of your business. We will offer several tips on how to make sure all your digital assets are safe and secure.

Using Digital Assets Management Tools

The best way to start is to begin using online tools that can list your assets and keep them in a secure place.

No matter the management tool you choose, it should have guidelines to help you protect your identity. It should also feature creative project management and asset analytics. The best management tools also integrate into the apps that your business may use such as Vimeo or Hootsuite.

Bynder is one such option to consider, however there are various Bynder alternatives, like Brandfolder, that are worth comparing to one another.

Educate Your Employees

Since many jobs operate fully remotely, you will have to offer your employees passwords and sign-in information to certain assets. Password management tools can store them online to ensure that your employees do not pass them on to other people.

Educating your employees about safe digital practices and where and when to use their devices can also prevent cybersecurity hacking.

Secure the Company WI-FI

Experienced hackers can easily find a weakness that your company’s digital security may have. Your WI-FI software should always be updated to make sure that the security features are working. The router should also be stored in a secure location that only certain people have access to.

You should also always encrypt the data. The router should always give you this option when you are setting it up. Store all your data in a secure location including cloud-based applications.

Invest in Cyber Insurance

Cyber insurance could be a great addition to your company. It can protect your business against internet-based risks.

It will also cover costs related to lawsuits, extortion, and investigation costs. Cyber insurance can also help your business get up and running much faster after an incident.

Access Precautions

Any data given out should be done with caution and only to people that really need it. Employees do not need access to every part of the company or even to the whole area that they may work in.

Always set permissions to applications so that you know when employees are using the data and which employees are looking at what. You can also turn off features that allow people to edit applications so that employees can only view the data without changing it.

Use Two-Factor Authentication

This is an extra precaution that more and more companies are deciding to take to add extra protection. Two-factor authentication is used by all kinds of businesses, but it is most used by universities and medical businesses.

After the original password is entered, the two-factor authentication will ask for another password or a code sent through a text message. This makes it much more difficult for someone to fully access all your data. Even if they get one password, they usually are not able to access the second one.

Make a List of Your Assets

This helps you keep track of what you own and will also help you if you decide to set up the insurance. This includes some things you may forget like trademarks, manuals, and your domain name.

Make sure to also list all your client’s information, your social media accounts, and all the applications that you have created.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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