Is Your Company's Data at Risk?

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A data breach can be devastating to a company no matter the size. According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, in 2015 there were 159,937,976 recorded data breaches in organizations across the U.S. ¹ This is an alarming number considering that the majority of these data breaches were to small or medium size businesses.

Making sure that your company’s network, computers, and mobile devices are protected isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are some simple, effective things you can do to protect your company’s data:

  1. Use a strong password: Earlier this month we released a blog cataloging tips and tricks to making a secure password. Find that information here.
  2. Inventory sensitive information: Identify what information your company deems as sensitive, it’s purpose, and where it should be stored.
  3. Encrypt data: If information happens to be stolen, the data cannot be read or accessed if it’s encrypted.
  4. Keep antivirus software up to date: Make sure that antivirus software is installed and consistently updated for maximum coverage.
  5. Backup your information: Schedule company-wide backups on a regular basis to ensure that all data is secure and up to date in either the cloud or an external hard drive.
  6. Beware of Phishing Scams: When opening emails, pop-ups, or even websites, double check that these are safe by visiting the company’s website directly. Do not trust that a link provided by the pop up or email can be trusted. Phishing scams use your personal information to hack into accounts.
  7. Inform your employees: Having policies in place to protect your company means keeping your employees informed on how to handle company information.

If your company discovers that there has been a breach, it needs to be contained immediately. Once the breach is contained, contact your company’s legal team to be advised on how to proceed.

Containing a breach can be expensive but by following these simple guidelines, you can prevent falling prey to online threats and protect your company's bottom line.

Sources

https://www.privacyrights.org/data-breaches?title=&taxonomy_vocabulary_11_tid%5B%5D=2122&=Search+Data+Breaches