Data Safety for Business

Cyber attacks and data breaches can cause major disruptions to the business, both internally as externally. They can lead to lost revenue from unhappy customers, legal action from regulatory agencies and reputational damage. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these threats are preventable with the proper security measures.

To protect its data, companies have to adhere to certain laws and regulations. These laws and regulations can be specific to a particular location, such as GDPR in the EU or to specific industries, such as HIPAA in America. But they must be enforced no matter the size or extent of a company’s activities.

These rules and regulations cover, for example, encrypting sensitive data sent over public networks. They also ensure the privacy of employees via background checks or examining references on job applicants. They also only collect data that is necessary to business processes. These rules and regulations usually require encryption on devices like laptops or portable storage. They may even contain an obligation to not use of software not endorsed by their company as this increases the chance of data breaches and malware.

Additionally, companies need to know the complete lifecycle of their data and how it moves around the network. Data maps can help in this regard. It can reveal the location where data is located and who has access. Data should only be gathered to serve a purpose, and should not be kept longer than is necessary. This decreases the chance of data breach. Zero Trust architecture can be a useful method for businesses to tackle security, since it enforces a rule that states that you shouldn’t be able to trust any device or user before they are verified.

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