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A director's guide to avoiding a data breach

13 February, 2024
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A threat all businesses are currently facing is a data breach. Cyber-criminals devise sophisticated methods to infiltrate networks and steal sensitive information, leading to devastating consequences such as financial loss, reputation damage, and legal liabilities. To prevent data breaches, businesses must take proactive measures, some of which are easily applied and help with mitigating breaches.

6 steps you could take to help avoid a data breach:

  • Use strong passwords
  • Enable two-factor authentication
  • Implement network firewalls
  • Regularly update software and plugins
  • Utilise VPNs
  • Maintain regular data backups

Building on the initial steps you can take right away, there are additional solutions that can further enhance your defence against data breaches.

1. Data breach assessments

Conduct a data breach assessment to identify security weaknesses. Once vulnerabilities are identified, develop strategies to prevent or mitigate data breaches. Assess the potential impact of a breach on the company to determine the need for insurance coverage.

2. Create a data protection plan

Define the scope of the plan by identifying the types of data to protect, including company information, personal data, and client information.

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