Avoid security breaches: How to protect your data

By: Joseph Steinberg, Microsoft Guest Author

Data breaches at major corporations seem to be perpetually in the news. The hacks range in size and scope, but it’s no secret that firms hit by hackers often suffer serious consequences.

What can you do to help prevent your organization from becoming tomorrow’s cyber-breach news headline? Here are 18 pointers:

  1. Educate all employees on the importance of protecting sensitive information. Explain the need to avoid risky behavior – such as downloading music or videos from rogue. Once employees understand that criminals
    want the data with which the employees work, their thinking changes in ways that can make the
    organization’s data much safer than before.
  2. Understand what data you have and classify it. You cannot secure information
    if you do not know that it exists, where it is stored, how it is used, how it is backed up,
    and how it is decommissioned. Make sure you know those things about all of your sensitive information.
    Because not all data is equally sensitive, make sure to classify data according to its level of importance.

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