Data protection can help reduce the risk of cyber-attacks, which can negatively impact your company and reputation. It is important to know and follow the best practices for protecting sensitive information. An unauthorized disclosure of private information could lead to lawsuits or fines, which may have long-term consequences for your company or yourself.
Password protection for all files and devices – This simple action can stop hackers from gaining access to your information. Use strong passwords using complex combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Change vendor-supplied default passwords to strong passwords as soon as possible. Use up-to-date anti-virus software and regularly perform a full security check of your system and servers.
Don’t share confidential or personally identifiable information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information, passwords, etc. Email isn’t secure, and it can be intercepted.
Secure your data and network – Use strong encryption to secure your computers, laptops and portable storage devices. This will allow you send data to third-party organizations securely as well as protect information stored on the devices. It’s also essential to have a plan for responding to cyber attacks and who to notify and how to respond (e.g. employees customers, credit institutions, and employees).
Make sure you backup of all your data – Keep offline copies of your critical data in separate locations from the ones where your primary copies are stored. This will prevent attackers from gaining access to your primary copy or deleting it.