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How to guard your business against data breaches

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How to guard your business against data breaches after the GDPR

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation is a regulation that came into effect on 25th May 2018. Though this regulation applies to businesses in the EU, all companies should be compliant due to the global operating environment.

Even before the regulations, there were data breaches taking place in businesses globally. 2017 was known as the year of the data breach. Just four per cent of the data breaches were secure, because of encryption- means that the stolen data was rendered useless.

Encryption is the process of converting data into a code to prevent unauthorized access. Platforms like WhatsApp have an end to end encryption of messages.

Fines so far

In 2019, just a year after the GDPR came into force, huge businesses have been slapped with hefty fines due to customer data breaches. British Airways and The Marriott International are examples.

The hack on The Marriot took place on November 2018, exposing personal data from 339 million customers. The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), proposed a £99.2 million fine to the group of hotels.

Similarly, British Airways data breach occurred in July 2018. Their website was rerouted to a fraud website designed by scammers, compromising data of around 500,000 British Airways customers. As a result, they received a fine of £183.39 million.

How do I Safeguard my business?

  1. Invest in an in-house data security specialist. You need to perform periodic audits on your databases to catch suspicious activity and prevent breaches.
  2. Train all employees on basic data protection best practices.
    Official communication should be through the organization's email.
  3. Invest in anti-virus software to guard against spying and data theft.
  4. Install an SSL certificate on your website. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. SSL certificates create an encrypted connection and establish trust. Google, for example, alerts people on insecure websites, that lack SSL certificates to enhance users' online security.
  5. Avoid visiting suspicious websites. Websites that have offers that seem too good are suspect. Just be careful online!
  6. Have a document classification system for your business. The classification system can indicate levels of access that different employees have. Every employee should only have access to documents that are relevant to their work. You should avoid unnecessary access to sensitive documents.

You must be asking how to stay GDPR compliant while using Ongair for your business. We have you covered. This article addresses the question.