What is Data and PI Security?
Before we get into what data security is, we need to understand what data is. No matter the size of your company, you have plenty of digital information stored somewhere. This information regards your employees, your customers, and your products and services.
Even in your own home, you likely have sensitive information stored digitally, such as credit card numbers, bank accounts, and passwords. All of this is data that needs to be handled with care.
Data security is just what it sounds like: protecting your data, whether it be personal information or business data, from unwanted or unauthorized access. Both your company and your private life are at risk without some sort of protection. Securing your vital information from online thieves is simply a wise move.
Why You Need Data and PI Security
Let’s talk stats. 2017 was a banner year for data breaches. At least 179 million records were exposed for the taking last year alone. The business sector accounted for 91.3% of that stolen data.
Do you remember the whole Target Store debacle of 2013? Were you one of the 110 million people affected? What about the largest data breach to date, Yahoo? In 2016, every Yahoo account holder found out they had been exposed. Many of those people are probably still reeling from it, not the least of which the company of Yahoo (now owned by Verizon Communications), who learned earlier this year that individual lawsuits can be brought against them.
It takes time to discover when you’ve been breached; several weeks, on average. And the cost of a data breach can be staggering. The bigger the breach, the more painful the costs.
A data breach could happen at any time and leave you, your business, and your customers dangerously vulnerable. Imagine the impact on your personal life if someone gained access to your private information. A little horrifying, right? Now imagine someone gaining access to the credit card numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. of all your customers who trusted you with that information. It very well could be the beginning of the end for your business. Even if the exposed data isn’t used, your reputation as a company takes a serious hit.
Check out this list of some of the largest data breaches of the last decade. This is one list on which you do not want to find your company name.
How To Get Data and PI Security
The burning question now is: How do you protect all of that precious data?
Hackers are constantly seeking out new ways to snake their way in and steal what isn’t theirs. There are an estimated 200,000 new attacks every single day. Generic protection simply isn’t going to cut it. Your company and your own home have specific needs that require specific types of security to stay ahead of the thieves.
This is where we at U.S. Business Systems come in.
We can provide you with a security assessment and a plan to address any gaps or holes in your environment. We then can make recommendations for the best data security option for you. There are different levels of firewalls to choose from, both private and public cloud protection, and also machine protection, for starters.
Our goal is for you to be able to rest easy, knowing your data is being watch-guarded and protected as best as possible. We do this by utilizing best practices as well as best in class products and solutions for your data security and business continuity.
Contact us to get started on protecting your most valuable information right away!