Data protection can decrease the chance of cyber-attacks which could harm your business and reputation. It is essential to understand and adhere to the best practices for protecting sensitive information. A breach of personal information could lead to lawsuits or fines, which could have long-term implications for you or your company.
Password protection is essential for all devices and files This simple step can help prevent hackers from gaining access information. Use strong passwords using complex combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Change default passwords provided by the vendor to stronger passwords as soon as you can. Make sure you are using the most up-to-date antivirus software and frequently conduct a full security scan of your system and servers.
Don’t send confidential or personal identifiable information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, passwords, etc. Email isn’t secure and could be accessed by unfriendly parties.
Secure your network and data Use strong encryption to protect your laptops, computers, and portable storage devices. This will help you send information to third parties safely as well as protect information stored on the devices. It is also essential to have a plan for responding to a cyber attack, including who to notify and how to respond (e.g., employees customers, credit institutions, and employees).
You should make sure you have backups of all your data – Keep offline copies of your critical data in separate locations from where your primary copies are kept. This will stop attackers from gaining access to your primary copy, or from deleting it.