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December 15, 2018

How to Protect Your Clients’ Personal Information

Over time, cybersecurity measures are becoming more complicated, and so do hackers’ weapons. Futurists expect the cost of data breach and cybercrime protection to hit $2 trillion by 2020. Thus, enterprises are taking proactive efforts to protect their customer data from hacking fraud. Hackers can use the information of your clients such as credit card information, address, social security number, and identification number to create fake identities. Protecting sensitive information of a client is not only critical due to their privacy, but it’s also a requirement of the law. Follow these steps to protect your client’s valuable information from data breach.

 

Work with a Reliable Cloud Provider

 

Enterprises that secure their clients’ information should make sure their cloud providers are reputable and have secure servers. Google and Apple are the top providers of reliable cloud storage services, and they offer an option for additional storage if necessary. Similarly, enterprises that choose to store their data on private servers should ensure their hosting providers are reputable.

 

Security Software

 

Hackers are always on the search for vulnerable networks and systems. Hackers are also working tirelessly to find new ways to breach sensitive customer information. However, it will be more time-consuming and difficult for hackers to breach information of an enterprise that has deployed multi-layered security software. Installation of anti-virus and firewalls software on all devices that store sensitive information can help with this. Moreover, the use of encryption protocols can make it difficult for a hacker to view or copy critical data even after breaching security measures. Encryption software makes customer data unreadable to anybody that doesn’t have the decryption password.

 

Employee Access

 

Organizations are encouraged to put limits on employee access to confidential information. Protecting servers and computers with passwords will help with this. However, companies need to change access rights and passwords immediately a worker leaves their organization especially if it stores its data in the cloud. That will ensure any disgruntled ex-worker can’t steal, delete, or access client information. Incorporation of numbers and symbols into your passwords will also make it difficult for hackers to crack and guess them.

 

Remote Wiping

 

Over time, organizations around the world have moved towards using smartphones, and this has presented various risks. As a result, the use of remote wiping software has become necessary for wiping stolen and lost data from mobile devices remotely. Google provides its users remote wipe function through the Google Device Policy app while Apple offers a similar solution as a standard. It is time organizations start to view their client information as an asset. Millions of hackers are finding new ways to access valuable information of your clients, so it’s crucial to take necessary steps to protect and secure it.