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Protecting Corporate IT Systems With Simple Steps

Corporate IT teams must blend technology and policy to keep their workers and

According to Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report, 96 percent of data breaches in 2011 could have been avoided with more diligent security strategies. Disappointingly, the report points out, 63 percent of crises could have been avoided in just one step.

The report offers

According to Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report, 96 percent of data breaches in 2011 could have been avoided with more diligent security strategies. Disappointingly, the report points out, 63 percent of crises could have been avoided in just one step.

The report offers several solutions to address the expanding roster of data vulnerabilities. For one, implementing a secure firewall guards against the most popular intrusion that can trigger a large-scale data breach. Businesses can also protect themselves by changing default settings, such as administrator privileges, to help IT architecture comply with unique internal plans.

One solution that many businesses overlook is simply changing passwords on a regular basis. By routinely updating the credentials for a business's point-of-sale (POS) system, organizations can prevent leaks of funds and credit information. Furthermore, when dealing with modules that hold sensitive financial information, accessing the internet should be avoided to prevent third-party infiltration.

Overall, the only way to ensure data security from the start is to adopt infrastructure protection systems. By using data classification and other security protocols, IT professionals can rest assured their data is safe from loss, leak or theft.