In today's technology-driven business world, the risk of a data breach is higher than ever before. Business owners must take proactive measures to reduce the risk of data breaches and protect their businesses from costly legal actions, lost customers, and damaged reputations.
Here are 5 tips to help you reduce your company’s risk of data breach:
Tip #1: Implement Strong Password Policies
One of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of a data breach is to implement strong password policies. Encourage your employees to create unique and complex passwords and use two-factor authentication wherever possible. This will make it harder for hackers to gain access to your business's sensitive information.
Tip #2: Train Your Employees on Cybersecurity Best Practices
Human error is one of the leading causes of data breaches. Educate your employees on cybersecurity best practices, such as how to identify phishing scams, how to avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading unknown attachments, and how to report suspicious activity.
Tip #3: Keep Your Software Up-to-Date
Software updates often contain important security patches that can protect your business from known vulnerabilities. Regularly update your software and ensure that your employees are doing the same.
Tip #4: Use Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Multifactor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring users to provide more than one form of identification to gain access. Implement multifactor authentication wherever possible, particularly for accounts with sensitive information.
Tip #5: Limit Access to Sensitive Information
Limit access to sensitive information by implementing a need-to-know policy. Only give access to employees who require it to perform their job functions. Also, ensure that former employees' access is revoked immediately upon their departure.
Tip #6: Invest in Cyber Liability Insurance
Despite your best efforts, a data breach can still occur. Cyber liability insurance can help protect your business from the financial fallout of a breach, including legal fees, breach notification costs, and regulatory fines. It is important to note that many cyber liability policies require MFA.
By taking these proactive measures, you can help protect your business from the financial and reputational damage that can result from a data breach. Contact Concklin Insurance Agency for more information on cyber liability insurance and cyber security resources from our client portal.