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Data Security Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cubed background in different sizes and red colors aligning to a row of glowing information security icons surrounding the word cybersecurity 3D illustrationOctober isn’t just about pumpkins, hayrides, and trick-or-treating—it’s also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This October marks the 15th year of annual initiatives promoted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to educate the public on cyber threats. Here are our seven tips for making sure your privacy and security strategy is up to par.

Tip #1: Back Up Your Data

Whether it’s family photos or corporate client information, back up your data. Daily, weekly, and monthly backups offer the most coverage from ongoing threats and ensure continuous data recovery.

Tip #2: Protect Your Offline Data

Even when it’s offline, your data is at risk. After backing up your data, store copies of it in three separate locations: on-premises, off-premises, and in the cloud. Work with a qualified data protection partner to make sure your offline data is properly encrypted, monitored, and made accessible in support of your business and data recovery needs.

Tip #3: Bolster Your Network and Website

Hackers exploit unsecured WiFi networks. Safeguard your network with a strong password and use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when connecting to it. Make sure you have HTTPS installed on your website to protect it from hackers.

Tip #4: Keep Devices Updated

Software and application providers make security updates for a reason. Don’t ignore them; routine software patches and security updates are critical for keeping your devices and network secure. Enable automatic updates on your devices’ operating systems to be sure they’re staying patched.

Tip #5: Beware of Phishing Scams

Clicking on unverified email links and attachments can put your data at risk and even bring your entire network down. Always think before you click, and verify the sender’s email before downloading attached files.

Tip #6: Train Your Staff

Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. Your role is making sure your employees can identify security threats and minimize risky habits that cause data breaches, including phishing scams. Use National Cybersecurity Awareness Month as an opportunity to jump-start your ongoing security training program.

Tip #6: Stay Proactive

Besides implementing data security measures, supplement your data protection strategy with a data privacy compliance and breach reporting service, such as CSR Readiness. You’re given a self-assessment questionnaire that helps identify the areas your business should address regarding PII risks, including:

  • Hacking
  • Malware
  • Loss/Theft
  • Employees
  • Vendors

Best practices and policies are provided to help you comply with state and federal privacy laws and remediate potential data breach risks within your business. After implementing the recommended privacy protection and readiness policies, you’re given a Certificate of Completion that documents your due diligence.

For more data security tips, please call us at 502-244-1151 or complete the form on this page.

The Data Vault offers data protection, data privacy and information management solutions to businesses in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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