If you do business online, communicate with customers or suppliers via email, or even just have computers connected to the internet, you may be exposed to the threat of a cyber attack. According to the 2015 Travelers Business Risk Index, more than half of businesses worry about cyber risks and data breaches. Whether it is stolen intellectual property from a manufacturer, or the theft of customer data from a retail giant, a data breach can impact a company’s brand, reputation and customer confidence. It can be financially devastating. Your business should begin to protect itself by establishing a comprehensive policy on cyber security that is supported by employee training, cyber risk assessment processes, network security and incident response planning.
It is important to create a comprehensive data security plan, but it is even more important to get started now.Review the essential elements of a security policy >
You cannot begin to protect your data until you understand where your data is most at risk. Conducting a cyber data assessment can help you identify data classifications and assign appropriate security for the various types of data that is processed and stored.
No single security device will likely protect all of your data and systems. You will need to create a "defense-in-depth" strategy.
Every day, organizations discover that their data systems have been compromised. Having a plan in place to help detect and deal with a data breach is one of the most important steps toward a quick recovery.