Safeguarding your business and financial data is necessary, no matter what industry you're under. Information security must be included in every business process to avoid accidental data breaches and leaks. This is especially crucial when you need to outsource work to third-party companies.
Many prospective and promising outsourcing vendors, however, lack the expertise, processes and tools to keep data private and secure. If your business, for instance, plans to outsource 2D animation work to an experienced digital art company without knowing how to safeguard your data, you could be exposing your organization to data privacy risks.
The good news is that you can take measures to keep your data secure.
Here are six ways to help you properly protect your information whenever you outsource any type of task:
1. Practice Vulnerability Management by Restricting Vendor Access
The outsourcing company probably won't need to access every computer in your organization network (unless your third-party firm is servicing them). You should keep a close eye on the specific tasks you're outsourcing to your chosen vendor. Make sure that the third-party firm only has access to specific databases and programs that they need to complete the assigned job.
A good example is to apply the Policy of Least Privilege (POLP). If your vendor, for instance, suffers an information security issue like a data breach, you can rest easy because they're locked out of the critical systems.
This policy lays out what your business expects the third-party outsourcing company to do concerning data privacy and security. Policies typically include the following information:
You should tackle this policy at the start when you and the third-party firm are hashing out the details. This will prevent misunderstandings and complications down the road. Don't forget to take into account the privacy laws employed by your outsourcing company, especially if the location of the vendor is overseas.
3. Evaluate Your Outsourcing Vendor's Information Security Measures
Take the time to periodically double-check your outsourcing provider's data safeguarding measures. Even after you've established a fruitful and long relationship with your chosen vendor, you should check in with them occasionally to find out if their data security standards are up to date. Have your company's network administrator assess the user profiles of your outsourcing firm for possible problems like:
4. Educate the Outsourcing Provider on the Proper Handling of Data
As a precautionary measure, lay down all the required processes concerning data management to the third-party company. If necessary, conduct training on the ins and outs of handling. This way, you make sure that everything runs smoothly and keep sensitive data from leaking.
5. Bolster Your Data Security Measures
Consider implementing database monitoring gateways and application layer firewalls to strengthen the data security of your organization. These measures safeguard the data from external, unauthorized access and track who's accessing the data.
6. Include Data Transfer Policies in Your Contract
Have the outsourcing provider sign a contract discussing the specifics of transmitting data. You could, for instance, require the third-party firm to:
Create a strategy before you outsource any task to a third-party vendor. You'll be in a better position to pre-emptively counter possible cybersecurity threats and attacks when you have the appropriate data security and privacy measures in place.
by Iconic Chica mag Contributors
So, the holidays are here. I mean … for the year it’s been, it definitely flew by! In the midst of all the unfortunate events we’ve come across this year, the holidays are still a time of giving, love, and coming together. Whether via video chat or in person or social distancing, we are spreading love and engaging as best we can. For the ones who are still looking for something special this time a year to gift to a friend, family, loved one, Cratejoy has some lovely ideas that combine unique gifts for those humans in your life. Plus, if you shop through the links on this page, we earn commission.
Gift Ideas for Them or You
For the Plant Lover
Plants right now are trending and with reason. The pandemic has shifted perspectives and the things we really need. So, why not gift a plant that helps keep the ambiance nice and fresh, add some color to a room, and help the oxygen flow. Here's a quick video featuring The Plant Club. Here’s the direct link to shop at your own pace and likings for a subscription plant box. You can also find a succulents box here.
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For Yourself Because You Deserve It
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You know the feeling when you open the door and see a box of something you ordered? Imagine opening it, but this time filled with carefully selected goodies specifically for a loved one... or you. Cratejoy boxes are undoubtedly the modern day baskets!
We hope these fun boxes sparked something in you. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
Oh, the beauty of vitamin C. Oranges, as you probably already know, like all citrus fruits, are high on vitamin C. But what is about this vitamin that makes it so essential for everyday life? For starters, vitamin C stimulates the immune system, helping prevent and treat diseases and infections. In Vitamin C: Building Flexibility & Fighting Infection, author Stephanie Pedersen explains the reason this vitamin is so popular.
“It is responsible for the formation, maintenance, and repair of collagen, the substance that forms the foundation of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, and the bones and teeth.”
Furthermore, this water-soluble antioxidant “helps prevent oxidation of water-soluble molecules that could otherwise create free radicals.” That’s why skin specialists recommend incorporating vitamin C into your skincare, especially during the day. Specialists say it helps protect the skin from the sun and free radicals, helping our skin’s aging process.
Some foods that are rich in vitamin C include Brussel sprouts, broccoli berries, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, mango, papaya, kiwi, peppers, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and all citrus fruits and greens. It’s important to remember that “the body uses vitamin C in about two hours, and within three or four hours of ingestion, the vitamin leaves the bloodstream completely.” This is why ingesting vitamin C throughout the day, not just once a day, is recommended. But, of course, moderation applies to everything. Too much vitamin C, for example, can cause diarrhea, an upset stomach, excessive iron absorption, and reduced copper and selenium absorption. It’s important to take vitamin C in moderation and conduct research based on your body weight and nutrition needs. Here are some clues to help you pinpoint a vitamin C deficiency: joint pain, bleeding gums, poor digestion, easy bruising, reduced resistance to cold and infectious diseases.
Whether you are on a plant-based lifestyle or not, remember, greens, fruits, and veggies are nature's sugar, carb, and protein. The benefits of foods that grow from the ground are endless. Be sure, however, that if you are not ingesting all the nutrients, you include supplements to complete your health needs and stay energized, strong, and healthy.
It’s important that we as humans conduct our research, seek medical/nutritional information, and educate ourselves based on the needs our bodies require. We are all different, so what might work for some will not always work for others.
I've had this book for a while, but I found it online if you're interested. Here's the link: Vitamin C: Building Flexibility & Fighting Infection. You can also try finding it at your public library. Libby is a great app where you can access library e-books for free (no, this is not an ad... unless Libby would like to sponsor?).