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Tips to Protect your Organization from a Data Breach!

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August 21, 2015
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One of the most important things that you can do for your business or organization is to protect it from data breaches. Cybersecurity threats include any unauthorized access to information or illegal sharing or changing of information. Organizations have a large amount of personal information stored on databases so protecting this information is extremely important. Here are ways for businesses to protect private data and avoid breaches.

The first thing you should do is create a data loss protection plan. When this is implemented, everyone will be on the same page regarding data security. Make sure employees are educated on how to handle sensitive information. Consider creating a protocol that employees must follow when working with confidential information. Where are employees when accessing this information? Are they at work or home? Is the data scattered over a wide range of devices or is it localized? Who has access to what information? Is there a clear way to document who is accessing what data and for how long? Consider creating secure networks where employees can only gain access to certain places. Another way to protect information is to store all data in encrypted databases.

If you are worried about the number of sensitive information employees may have access to, it may be a good idea to go through all information and remove unnecessary sensitive data. Is it required that all information be accessible? If not, discard what is unnecessary so that only vital information remains. It is also a good idea to limit the number of employees that have access to all sensitive information. Finally, ensure that strong passwords are being used. Strong passwords should have 15 or more characters, consist of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols in a random sequence. Following these tips can help ensure the safety of your organization from a data breach.

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