According to Juniper Research, 90 percent of organizations have suffered data breaches in one form or another over the past 12 months. If it is your business that has been hacked, how do you plan on telling your clients their personal information has been stolen?
Data breaches are as damaging to your reputation as they are to your bottom line. Here are a few simple ways you can protect your business’ data, as well as your reputation.
- Install a computer monitoring software like InterGuard with a Data Loss Prevention DLP solution that will prevent insiders like employees or contractors from leaking proprietary data for your organization
- Install a firewall and make sure it is properly configured and up to date
- Update your operating systems , software and browsers regularly
- Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date. Malware can be an avenue for hackers to gain access to your personal data.
- Do not share your password with anyone and change it regularly.
- Wipe your hard drive when you get rid of an old PC. Simply deleting files will not erase sensitive information and hackers are very savvy. Get a computer expert to make sure data is permanently erased.
- Be careful about the personal information you divulge when filling out registration forms. Ask yourself if the information you are giving is necessary and if you can trust the company you are giving it to.
- Do not reveal sensitive information to strangers on social websites or chat rooms. Even an accidental data breach can be very damaging.
- Never click on an embedded link or down load attachments if you’re at all suspicious. Verify the source of the attachment before you open it.
ACE IT Solutions is holding a webinar in partnership with Awareness Technologies to help businesses understand how data is stolen from their company and how to deploy an effective data loss prevention policy.