guarddog_Charis-TsevisThe Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports on what companies should be doing to protect their computer systems – but aren’t in its article “Five Simple Steps to Protect Corporate Data.”

WSJ writer Danny Yadron writes:

The menace isn’t going away—it’s too profitable for those behind it. But there are a lot of smart people in computer security who think this barrage of headlines doesn’t have to be the new normal.

And a lot of their suggestions have nothing to do with spy-grade technology, unplugging everything from the Internet, or turning cyberspace into a battlefield. (And there are credible executives, scholars, and Army generals who propose all three.)

Rather, a lot of it has to do with hygiene. Or, cyberhygiene, as some call it. This includes boring things that companies ought to be doing anyway but often skip—things like regularly updating software, doing routine audits of their systems, and ensuring vendors adhere to strict security standards.

The article goes on to list the following five steps:

  1. Keep up with patches
  2. Keep your online doors closed
  3. Encrypt your data
  4. Get rid of passwords
  5. Check out your vendors

Read the full article on the WTJ website and learn more about “Five Simple Steps to Protect Corporate Data.”

Illustration: Charis Tsevis for The Wall Street Journal