Protecting company data is easily one of the top priorities for small businesses. Most business operations come to a standstill when dealing with the loss of data. This is why a data loss prevention plan should be built into to your overall cybersecurity solution. Data loss can occur due to a wide variety of causes. Faulty hardware, ransomware, natural disaster or even employee error. It is critical to have a plan in place to mitigate these risks and ensure that your data is secure. To lessen the risk of data loss in your organization, here are three data loss prevention concepts to implement.
Employee Training & Awareness:
Human error accounts for more than 90% of data breaches worldwide. Whether the loss comes from clicking a dangerous link in an email or leaving a work laptop in the airport terminal, humans will always be the weakest link in your cybersecurity plan. This is why it is crucial to ensure your employees are trained to identify cybersecurity risks, know how to respond to a breach and are familiar with your organization’s security guidelines.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery:
One of the easiest ways to protect your organization from data loss is by implementing a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery or BCDR solution. A BCDR solution combines a robust backup system with the ability to recover from any form of disaster near instantly. Not only are your files and systems available to be rolled back due to accidental deletion, you could even access them if your infrastructure were destroyed in a fire or flood. A true BCDR solution protects you from data loss and its costly counterpart, downtime.
Next Generation Virus Protection:
Endpoint Detection and Response, or EDR, is a solution is designed to actively detect and respond to intelligent and advanced cyberattacks. Unlike traditional antivirus that works by referencing a blacklist, EDR solutions are capable of detecting patterns and can recognize suspicious activity on a workstation or server. To put it simply, an EDR solution understands how cyberattacks behave, and can mitigate them before they have the chance to do damage.