Data breach management is something that all business owners need to take very seriously indeed. As the world of business has shifted increasingly online in the past few years — and as COVID-19 has accelerated moves towards remote work, collaboration and data-driven processes — the need for robust data protection has become even more acute.
Read on to learn more about the top data breach management strategies your company needs to be putting into practice, and to discover how COVID-19 has brought about a new normal in terms of data security.
The COVID-19 and the changing landscape of data security
The average American household has 2.27 internet-connected mobile devices, 2.12 computer devices and 1.43 tablet devices. So, when COVID-19 began to drive Americans away from the office to work in their homes, businesses that transitioned to remote work found themselves suddenly exposed to cyber threats. Even with the best will in the world, anti-virus updates get missed, security gaps are left unplugged, and data is put at risk. With so many Americans now working at home, away from the restrictions and safety nets of company data policies, this is becoming a problem.
This problem has been compounded by an increase in activity among hackers and cybercriminals. Research from Checkpoint found that 71% of security professionals surveyed reported significant rises in security threats during the COVID-19 pandemic. It looks likely that these threats — which include ransomware attacks, phishing attacks and distributed denial of service attacks, among others — will continue to be a problem in the coming year.
It’s worth remembering that remote work is not a brand new phenomenon. While this has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work and the challenges associated with it have been around for some time. Igloo’s State of the Digital Workplace report — released in 2019, before the advent of the coronavirus on the shores of the US — found that 57% employees were using apps that had not been approved by their company. To put it simply, data security and related issues are inherent to the modern dynamic workplace and will remain even after the pandemic recedes.
Top data breach prevention strategies
With this in mind, let’s take a look at some key strategies for data breach management. What can your business do to stay safe and secure as we move into 2021 and beyond?
- Instil robust device management policies
Own-device usage is something that businesses need to get used to. To mitigate the dangers associated with this, you need a robust, clear set of policies that govern the usage of these devices. This way, you can help make sure that your data is protected at every turn.
- Foster company-wide ownership of the issue at hand
One of the best ways to ensure data protection across your whole company is to foster engagement. By making the rights and responsibilities of each employee very clear, and by showing all team members how much they are valued within the organization, you can begin to nurture this feeling of engagement. Engaged employees take ownership of company problems and will become key assets in the fight to secure data.
- Appoint data breach management ambassadors
Managing and mitigating data breach risks is a concerted effort, but like any concerted effort, you need people who are going to lead by example. Appoint a team who you can rely on to help unify the efforts of employees right across your company.
- Never stop learning
Data security is a rapidly evolving field. Unfortunately, security threats are evolving too. Never stop the process of examining trends and keeping on top of the latest threats and solutions.
- Put business continuity measures in place
Business continuity measures help your organization to stay on track and ensure a seamless experience for customers in the event of an attack.
Protect your organization with business continuity from IND
Being proactive is the best way to avoid a devastating data breach. With the help of IND, we can constantly monitor your network and get in front of any potential threats before they pose an issue. Reach out to our team to find out more about how to keep your business protected with our industry-leading continuity solutions.