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& E Insurance Agency


Avoiding a Data Breach

A data breach can expose confidential information to unauthorized persons. These files are viewed, shared, or sold without permission. Often, data breaches are caused by outside hackers, this is not always true. Accidental insiders, malicious insiders, lost or stolen devices, malicious outside actors... There are a number of people that could cause a data breach if you are left vulnerable and a variety of methods that can cause a data breach. Commonly, the attack methods used in a data breach include:

  • Stolen credentials
  • Compromised assets
  • Payment card fraud
  • Third-party access
  • Mobile devices

There are a few ways to avoid a data breach.

1.Conduct Employee Security Training

Employees are the weakest link in the data security chain. Every day, an employee opens a suspicious email, potentially downloading viruses and exposing pertinent information. One simple mistake could sacrifice your entire life’s work so it’s crucial to take all of the precautions to safeguard your information. Schedule regular security training classes each quarter or monthly. Since more people need to hear information at least seven times before they change their behaviors, it’s key to continuously remind your employees of all cyber security concerns.

2. Limit Access

Most data breaches happen due to an employee breach and occur right through the front door. It’s because of this that businesses should make sure that their employees only have access to information that’s vital to their positions. When you limit who is privy to certain information, you narrow the chances of an employee exposing your company to a breach. Restricting certain data permissions is a common-sense solution that many companies are taking today to prevent a serious breach.

3. Invest In Good Cyber Security Programs

A good cyber security program can detect threats, stop downloads in their tracks, and prevent malware from latching onto your network. Investing in a good cyber security program is crucial when it comes to protecting all of your information. Shop around for a program that fits all of your needs before selecting one. The right plan can protect you against and detect viruses, ransomware, malware, and phishing.

Sometimes things happen no matter how much you prepare. When accidents occur, make sure you have comprehensive cyber liability insurance from I & E Insurance. We have access to a number of policies made to suit your needs all while staying within your budget. And check out our 101 guide to learn all about cyber liability insurance and all of the things that it covers.

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