Regardless of size and industry, businesses of all types remain susceptible to a data breach. Minimize your risk with a 4-pronged approach:
- Make sure anything sensitive is encrypted, including company passwords and personally identifiable information of employees and customers.
- Install strong firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Develop robust policies and procedures pertaining to document handling.
- Develop an incident response plan in advance. Don’t wait until a breach occurs to create a response and continuity plan – be sure to involve legal counsel, a notification vendor and a public relations firm.
- Transfer your risk. Examine all vendor, cloud and partner contracts. Do liability agreements indemnify you should they cause a breach of your data? Have you demanded proof of insurance?
By being proactive, you can prevent the risk of a cyber security breach and protect what matters most.