Research consistently shows that most businesses are not fully prepared for a cyberattack and could be extremely vulnerable to data loss. With poor cybersecurity practices commonplace in all kinds of companies, it is more important than ever to consider how your operation can become more cyber-aware.
With this in mind, here are three simple tips to help you improve your company’s data security and get on the path to becoming a more secure business.
Have a Disaster Recovery Plan in Place
You never know what is around the corner. Any kind of emergency could completely disrupt your company’s supply chain, create a staff shortage, or impact your working environment in a way that stops you from being able to perform key business functions.
It might also come in the form of a major data breach.
A disaster recovery plan goes a long way to securing your company’s private data. Working with the team at Virtual Claims Adjustor, you can minimize your vulnerability to cyberattacks and learn how to protect your hardware, network, and computer systems. Trust in our team, and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest cybersecurity trends and help you implement measures that protect you in the event of an attack.
Remember, this is a very real threat. A study from Verizon found that 52% of data breaches were done via straight-forward hacking, and 28% involved malware downloaded by users on a business computer network. A further 32% occurred as a result of phishing.
Use Reliable, Secure Software
Any company that handles client data faces twice the cybersecurity risk. Not only is your company’s personal information vulnerable to hacking, but so are the contact details (and even bank details) or hundreds or thousands of your own customers.
When dealing with a large set of customers, it is essential that you utilize management software that takes much of that responsibility off your hands. Virtual Claims Adjuster does exactly that. With an ultra-secure claims management system, we act as the go-between for you and your clients, keeping personal information locked down and safe.
Use Strong Password (and Change Them Regularly!)
A Varonis Global Data Risk report in 2019 found that 38% of users used passwords that never expire, and that 61% of companies examined had more than 500 active users with passwords that do not expire. This practice, while generally considered more convenient, opens a company up to the possibility of hacking.
If just one password is leaked, a company’s entire database becomes vulnerable. Switching passwords regularly ensures that, if this ever happens, access is minimized and shut off within a fixed period of time. Smart businesses promote a culture of regularly updating passwords and keeping data safe.
Educate Your Team About Phishing Scams
Remember how we said 32% of data breaches were done through phishing? That simply means that email users clicked links in spam emails and willingly gave up sensitive information like passwords. It’s a simple scam and one that catches less-aware people off guard.
Educating your team about phishing scams is essential in any modern business operation. Ensure your team knows never to click links in unsolicited or unexpected emails and to instead direct themselves to a website through their web browser and log in through secure channels.
An educated team, combined with useful software tools and services from the team at Virtual Claims Adjuster, can ensure your business is fully equipped to protect sensitive data.