Data Safety for Business

As an owner of a business, you collect and store sensitive information about your employees and customers. While you may assume that only large corporations are the victims of cyberattacks, 60% of data breaches are affecting small-sized businesses.

A single violation can cost you millions of dollars in fines and settlements. It could also destroy the trust of your customers. It could also harm your company’s reputation, and possibly cause you to be out of business.

There is no one-size-fits all solution to security of data However, there are fundamental things that any business can do to reduce risks and protect itself against threats such as malware or phishing as well as data loss. Making sure your passwords are secure, locking up important paperwork and providing cybersecurity training for your employees can make it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to your data.

Incorporate Regular Risk Assessments This will help you find weaknesses and help you prioritize your security efforts. Create an Comprehensive Security Policy. Create clear guidelines for access, data handling, and what to do if there is a data breach. Encrypt sensitive data and make it inaccessible to unauthorized users, both in transit and at rest. Be sure to destroy any information that is not being used: Think about policies that instruct employees on how to clean or overwrite sensitive information (like degaussing or shredding digitally) so that it can’t be accessed by those who should not.

Follow these tips to build solid foundations that will ensure your business’s continuity and after an attack by hackers. For more information on creating an effective plan that meets your particular needs, book an appointment for a free consultation with our cybersecurity and IT specialist.