In September of 2014, global ride-sharing start-up, Uber, experienced a data breach. This allowed hackers to access the 50,000 licence numbers of their drivers in February 2015, just five months later.
Uber is not a small company, mind you. It’s a well-known organisation operating globally that specialises in technology and security—and yet it cannot protect itself from hackers.
Smaller businesses, like yours, are just as vulnerable.
Here are some of the best things you can do to protect your business from the risk of a data breach:
Keep Only What You Need
Thieves cannot steal what you don’t have; data minimisation is a powerful tool for preparedness—use it.
Reduce the amount of information you collect and retain only what’s necessary. This means you need to delete the data once you don’t need it anymore. It would be smart not to store your personal data in so many devices as well. You might also want to limit the access of your employees on sensitive data, and maybe keep a record of who has access.
Work with a Third-Party Data Security Expert
NetStrategy says small businesses today should also work with third-party data security experts for help on the analysis of risk levels and exposure of company data. Once this neutral party evaluates your system, you get a clearer picture of what’s at stake.
Don’t Rely on Encryption
Never rely on encryption as your only protection. Encryption is the best practice for data security, but use it only as a first line of defence. Using it alone can give your business a false sense of security. Remember that professional hackers can still break encryption codes.
Maybe try setting up next generation firewalls; this technology does not only tell you when someone is attempting to access your network—it also helps you stop the attempt altogether. You might also want to set up a wireless network security, since using Wi-Fi networks allow data interception.
If Uber’s modern data security measures can be hacked into, so can yours. If your small business fails to protect this information against criminals, you are in for some nasty damage.