And How You Need to Use Them!
Quite recently a local school district was attacked with a data security threat involving ransomware. This resulted in months of delay and recovery and had far-reaching effects. Students were required to turn in their school-issued devices, parents and teachers lost email access and for the first half of the school year teachers had little to offer in the way of curricula, since most of their notes and documents had been stored in Learning Management Systems.
While this particular data breach was unavoidable, the school district was able to start over fresh with new servers and employ a cloud-base security system to avoid future attacks.
Breaches can happen and are occurring with increasing regularity to small businesses as well as to larger entities. Know how to avoid them by following these tips:
- Invest in sound security technology This will vary depending upon the nature of your business, so it is best to consult with an information security expert
- Educate employees Teach your employees how to handle sensitive business data, set strong passwords and avoid dangerous links and emails
- Practice data minimization Don’t collect unnecessary information, reduce the number of places you store your business data and safely purge any business data you no longer need
- Monitor the whereabouts of your devices Put a system in place that quickly lets you know if a device is missing. Lock up any devices that aren’t being used
- Properly dispose of business data Shred sensitive documents and make sure to wipe clean the hard drives of any devices you no longer need
- Screen future hires Unscrupulous or careless employees will increase the chances of a business data breach. The Small Business Association lists several screening resources that are worth consulting.
While Data Breach coverage is standard on most business owner policies, the extensions of coverage may differ. Our commercial agents will gladly discuss which option best fits the unique needs of your business. Contact our Perkasie office 215-257-9171 to discuss these options for your business and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your business is covered.
By Andrea Moyer