Data Security Through Employee Education
Data security is of the utmost importance in the technology sector. A data breach can expose your company’s and your clients’ highly confidential information. The results can include professional liability claims, the loss of your customers’ trust and a negative impact on your reputation and bottom line.
One of the first lines of defense in the fight against data loss is your staff. Implementing a strong data security training program for employees can help your company retain high standards for data protection across the organization. Well-trained and managed workers are more effective than technology tools alone.
Be Aware of Potential Risks
Employees are very susceptible to phishing attacks, where a hacker poses as a legitimate organization such as a client, bank or your own company. Some phishing attacks ask employees to supply confidential information such as passwords or client information to a source through an email message or website. Others try to get employees to download attachments that launch malicious software, invading all parts of their computer and eventually working its way into the company’s network. Spear-phishing attacks are targeted at a small group of people, making it easier for the message to be customized and extremely convincing.
Company leaders should be aware of potential risks in order to effectively inform and train employees of their existence and how to prevent them from occurring.
- Initiate and Enforce PoliciesEven the best trained employee can make a mistake. Effective policies and procedures need credentialing systems while keeping an eye on outside threats.
- Maintain Trust:Customers trust businesses with their information. Honor that trust with improved security systems that keep their information safe.
Common IT Security Compliance Regulations
Numerous U.S. security compliance laws now exist, each relating to a variety of different industries. The most common of these regulations include the following:
- HIPAA: An acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, this bill puts in place several regulations about healthcare patients’ data security. Any companies that handle healthcare data, from hospitals and clinics to insurance companies, are required to comply with HIPAA regulations when handling this data.
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX): Complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act involves maintaining financial records for seven years and is required for U.S. company boards, management personnel and accounting firms. The point of the regulation was to prevent another incident like the Enron scandal, which hinged on fraudulent bookkeeping.
- PCI-DSS: The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is a set of regulations meant to help reduce fraud, primarily through protecting customer credit card information. PCI-DSS
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