Data Safety for Business

As a businessperson, you collect and store sensitive information regarding your employees and customers. While you may assume that only large corporations are the victims of cyberattacks. But 60% of data breaches target small businesses1.

A single lapse can result in millions of dollars in fines and legal settlements, and could destroy your customers’ loyalty. It could also hurt the reputation of your business and put you out-of-business.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for data safety, but there are a few essential steps that every business can take to reduce the risk and protect themselves against threats like malware, phishing attacks, and data loss. Making sure you have strong passwords and securing important documents, and providing cybersecurity training to your staff will make it harder for attackers to gain access to your data.

Conduct regular risk assessments This will help you identify vulnerabilities and prioritize your security measures. Create a Comprehensive Security Policy. Create clear guidelines for access, data handling, and what you should do if there is a data breach. Secure sensitive data to make it inaccessible to unauthorised users in transit as well as at rest. Get rid of data that has not been used: Consider policies that instruct your team on how to write over or clean sensitive information (like shredding it digitally or degaussing it) so that it cannot be accessible to anyone who shouldn’t be able to access it.

If you follow these guidelines, you can build the foundation of a secure infrastructure that supports your business continuity during and after the event of a cyberattack. For more information on creating the right plan for your particular needs, book a no-cost consultation with our cybersecurity and IT specialist.

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