Today is #DataPrivacyDay! In today’s world, cyber security is a growing concern. We observe this day as a reminder to protect and safeguard private data. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your private data protected.
Train Your Employees
- Keep a Clean Machine
Talk to your employees about keeping a clean machine. Your company needs to have clear rules for what employees can install and keep on their computers.
- Following Good Password Practices
A strong password is typically at least 12 characters long, possibly a phrase or sentence. At a minimum, your employees need to separate work and personal accounts. In addition, they need to make sure that critical accounts have the strongest passwords.
- Utilize Spam Filters
Your employees should never open suspicious links in email, tweets, posts, online ads, messages or attachments — even if they know the source. In addition, make sure they use your company’s spam filters to prevent unwanted, harmful email.
- Backing Up Work
Whether or not you set your employees’ computers to back up automatically or ask that they do it themselves, they should be instructed on their role in protecting their work.
Protect Your Customers
Gain their Trust
- Know what you have
Be aware of all the personal information you have about your customers, where you are storing it, how you are using it, who has access to it and how you protect it.
- Keep what you need and delete what you don’t
It is tempting to keep information for future use. However, the less you collect and store, the less opportunity there is for something to go wrong.
- Protect what they give you
If you are holding onto your customers’ information, you need to keep it secure.
- Automate software updates
Many software programs will connect and update automatically to defend against known risks.
- Scan all new devices
Make sure to scan all USB and other devices before they are attached to the network.
- Use a firewall
An ideal firewall keeps cyber criminals out and sensitive data in.
- Show your commitment to security
In addition the Data Privacy Day, participate in activities such as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which will demonstrate your company’s commitment to security.
These are just a few ways to make sure you properly secure your private data. Don’t hesitate to contact Centennial Arts with the link below or visit staysafeonline.org for more information!