Silver Lake, FL—Most, if not all of a business’s information is stored online these days. This includes the business’s personal information as well as consumer information. Given all of the sensitive data that is kept online, business owners must put protective measures in place to help prevent a security breach from happening.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there are five key principles business owners need to follow in order to have a sound data security plan. These include:
- Take inventory of online data.
Business owners should be aware of the personal information they have in their files and on their computers. This way, if passwords are compromised and certain information is accessed, a business owner will know what data the security breach leaked. If it was consumer information, the business can notify customers so they can implement preventative measures to keep their information safe.
- Scale down.
After a business owner has taken inventory of the information that is being stored on their computers, they need to decide what needs to be kept and what can be deleted. The more information that is kept on computers or stored in online databases, the more that can be compromised in the event of a data breach.
- Lock it.
Any and all information that a business keeps and stores online needs to be protected. To keep information protected, businesses can use different methods for storing their information as well as programs to keep it secure. The reality is, “theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft,” according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and therefore, businesses need to be sure their information is protected by strong passwords and in a secure database.
- Pitch it.
Once a business owner knows what information is needed and what can be deleted, they must properly dispose of the information so that it is not floating in cyberspace and potentially at risk of falling into the wrong hands. The last thing any business owner needs is to be held liable for their failure to properly dispose of consumer information.
- Plan ahead.
Despite the measures a business owner takes to keep their personal information safe, data breaches still happen. Therefore, businesses need an effective plan on how to address a data breach in the event one happens.
Businesses owners who would need more information on keeping their personal information secure can contact Legal Counsel P.A. to speak with a Silver Lake, FL business law attorney. A business law lawyer is someone who can help a new business owner identify the risks their business carries so they can properly prepare for any issues that might arise.
Legal Counsel P.A. is located at:
189 S. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Email: [email protected]
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