7 Data Security Tips for 2020
2020 is right around the corner, so now is the ideal time to revisit your data security strategy. In this blog, we offer seven tips for keeping your data safe in the New Year.
Keep Sensitive Documents Out of Sight
Paper records with personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) should always be stored in secure areas. Never leave confidential documents on desktops for anyone to see. Start a “clean desk” policy to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive paper records.
Back Up Your Data
Ransomware attacks will continue in 2020. Back up your data often so it can’t be held hostage by a cybercriminal. Whether you choose an offline or cloud backup solution, make sure to store your backup media or data in a secure location.
Fortify Your Password Strategy
Weak passwords offer an easy gateway to sensitive data. To protect your data from cybercriminals, make sure your passwords combine letters, numbers, and symbols. Use a password management application to generate unique, encrypted passwords for every web application you use.
Update Your Software
Hackers exploit outdated security software on desktops, laptops, and smartphones. Set your devices’ security settings to receive automatic software updates so you don’t ignore valuable security patches that protect your data.
Bolster Your WiFi Network
Cybercriminals attack weak, unprotected WiFi networks. Make sure that your WiFi network is safeguarded with a strong password and WPA-2 encryption. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for secure, remote access to network applications.
Invest in a Document Shredding Solution
Hoarding expired documents increases your organization’s data breach exposure. With a mobile shredding service, your shredding provider places locked collection containers in high-traffic office areas for quick and safe disposal of sensitive documents. The documents are routinely collected and shredded at your business while you watch.
Build a Data Security Coalition
Your employees are a first line defense from privacy breaches. Teach them about data security risks and offer regular training so they have the knowledge and tools necessary for keeping your organization’s data safe.
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