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Retailers including Target, Neiman Marcus, and Michaels, experienced data breaches in the beginning of 2014. For many businesses, these massive data breaches served as a wakeup call. If you’re not worried about the possibility of a data breach, you should be. Data breaches are unexpected, unplanned, and often, occur too quickly for the company to prevent the breach.
So how does a data breach happen? Data breaches can result from a variety of Incidences:
While cyber-attacks are a common cause of data breaches, other types of breaches occur on a regular basis. As a business owner, you must be prepared to face cyber-attacks and “insider threats.” Often, employees may accidentally or unknowingly expose or lose sensitive data. In contrast, resentful current or former employees may purposely expose or lose sensitive data.
Data breaches are damaging regardless of the cause. It’s critical to use proper security measures to minimize the likelihood of a data breach. In addition, you must create an effective breach response policy in order to be prepared to detect and respond to a data breach.
Security Measures to Minimize the Likelihood of a Data Breach
Here’s a few tips to help you minimize the likelihood of a data breach:
Be Prepared to Respond to a Data Breach!
You must design and implement a comprehensive data breach response plan. This plan must be kept up-to-date by conducting regular data threat assessments and staying informed on relevant privacy laws.
Here are the steps necessary to create a comprehensive data breach response plan:
To learn more about preventing and responding to a data breach, give us a call at (309) 263-5600 or send us an email at sales@clearpathIT.com. ClearPath IT Solutions can help you implement proper security measures and design a comprehensive data breach response plan.