Data is a valuable asset that is used in everything from marketing to sales and making decisions. It is essential for companies to take precautions to protect their information from hackers and other cyber-attacks.
A data breach could have disastrous results, regardless of whether you’re the biggest corporation or the newest start-up. You may lose customers who don’t feel secure confiding their personal information to you. Even small-scale business owners can safeguard their data with the right security.
Start by creating a comprehensive list of your organization’s data assets and where it is located. This will inform any preventative measure you implement.
It’s important to classify data according to its level of sensitivity. This will help you determine if the data needs to be protected with the highest level of security. This could include encryption at all times. The classification process is constantly changing and needs to be continuously reviewed as information is updated or modified. This will ensure that any changes are made in accordance with the latest classifications.
Data protection at rest, i.e. when it is stored on your system, is just as important as data protection in motion. In the ideal situation, your company should be able to track the access to data from any device at any time. This will help to limit the risk of human error, which Verizon’s 2022 DBIR found was the reason for of 82 percent of data breaches.