How to Protect Your Digital Assets From Security Breaches

Last year IBM reported 1.5 million monitored cyber attacks in the United States. Passwords, credit card numbers, and other valuable information totaling billions of dollars were exposed on the web. Now is the time to safeguard your precious photos and videos.

Start out with these 5 ways to protect digital assets and keep your company work secure.

Concept of least privilege 1. Manage what your users can and cannot do

Not everyone should have universal rights to access, create, edit and delete digital assets. Ensure that your users only have the tools required to complete their jobs. There’s nothing worse than losing assets to human error.

2. Balance safeguarding your digital assets and user experience

Requiring your team to change their passwords periodically  can be a pain, but it is necessary from a security standpoint. Communicate with your collaborators to create a healthy harmony between security protocols and workflow. Setting expiration dates and company watermarks are easy ways to protect your assets without sacrificing time.

3. Know your most valuable assets

Cyber crime costs businesses up to 575 billion dollars annually. Avoid the risk by knowing your security architecture is secure. If your work involves sharing pre-retouched photos or unedited videos, consider using tools with transport layer security and data encryption for safe sending.

4. Layer your securityWhy protect digital assets from security breaches

One common misconception is that attacks solely originate from outside sources. However, around 35% of breaches occur from within or third-party vendors. Protecting your files and data from unauthorized outside access is crucial, but you also want to safeguard servers, networks and digital assets from internal mishandling.

5. Test your tools

In a post-Sony hack world—It’s not if you’ll get hacked, it’s when you’ll get hacked. Only use tools that are audited by renowned third-party security organizations to minimize your risk. You can find a list of certified Qualified Security Assessors evaluated by the PCI Security Council here.

For more about protecting digital assets, take a look at our ‘Implementing Enterprise Application Security’ Snackinar with Ted Harrington from Independent Security Evaluators. We explored some of the concepts here, as well as the relationship between security and the creative realm.