The 4 Main Ways Your Business Can Protect Sensitive Data Effectively

by Alex Mansour

3 days ago · 2 min read

Security of data is one of the aspects that should concern every business owner around the world whether they own a startup or a large company.

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Hacking threats just keep evolving and will not stop, putting more pressure on businesses that don’t want to suffer a data breach. 

In this blog, we share the essential steps to protect your most sensitive data and keep it away from hackers. 

Know what is your most sensitive data

If your business information is already categorized, then here you start. You can have public data that you don’t need to protect, confidential and sensitive data that you want only your employees only to access. 

You may also have restricted more sensitive data that needs the most protection and require that only specific employees should get access to it. 

To keep this data protected, you need at first to know what lies under its umbrella from your entire data. Then you need to manage privileges and who has access to it. You may also apply more strict encryption to it or store it on more secure devices or cloud services. 

Pay attention to your employees

Businesses that protect devices and networks from intruders and don’t give any attention to their own employees and the threat they can post are definitely making a big mistake.

Cybercriminals already know that people are vulnerable to phishing attacks that can help them get access to the employee’s account. Make it their gate for your business system and most sensitive information. 

The only solution to this is to offer security awareness training for your employees to make them part of the security process. Then make them aware of how hackers can trick them, to not fall victims. Make all of your security efforts go in vain. 

Employ a high grade of encryption

If you want to make an investment in the security of your most sensitive data, you can rest assured that good encryption will be a worthy one. 

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With criminals having a variety of tactics for getting access to it. You need to make it as hard as possible to read your data even if they get access to it. That’s why encryption is an essential aspect. 

Make all of your employee devices secure

Any devices that your employees use to transfer business info or access it should be secured. This includes any removable storage they transfer data through and any phones, tablets, or laptops they use for work. 

Securing the PCs and phones of employees can be done by ensuring that they have antivirus programs and that they are continuously checked. 

You also need to make sure that they follow the best practices when handling it. In which needs training as well as a clear policy that states the guidelines of handling business data and work accounts. 

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