Data security is a priority for business, and protecting customer data is essential. Customers are increasingly choosing which companies to do business with and trust based on how confident they are in data protection.
You can protect your data whether you are a small business or a large corporation. This includes identifying your data, the security threats to which you are exposed, and determining the best safeguards or controls for this information.
1. TAKE STOCK. Know what personal information is in your files and computers.
It’s crucial to know exactly what data you possess, both electronically and physically, since this will dictate the security measures to be taken.
2. Limit what you save – and how you use it – to what is necessary for your business operations.
It can be tempting to collect data that you believe may be useful or even interesting. However, this can lead to problems if hackers gain access. By limiting your collection of information, you can prevent data breaches. This will save you the extra cost of dealing with them.
3. Verify, Not Store – Make certain that the user consent is needed to collect and use your data.
By requiring that users consent before using the system, they ensure that you only collect and transfer data that’s necessary for them to do their job. You’re protecting your business from data breaches, and complying with GDPR regulations which require consent before any personal information is collected.