Customer data has always been valuable, but in today’s market, it is more valuable than ever. It’s so valuable that there are many people around the world trying to get it from businesses just like yours. Here’s how you can keep customer data more secure to stay compliant in this age of constant data attacks.
Regulations and Security
Many places in the world are now creating strict guidelines for keeping customer data safe. California has strict data privacy laws, as does the entire European Union. More and more locales are enacting legislation that requires companies to keep their customer data as safe as possible. To stay in business, you must be compliant with these privacy guidelines. That requires the most up-to-date cybersecurity software that will continuously monitor your network for any attempted breaches. If an attack can be avoided, that’s the ideal way to handle these business threats. If a risk isn’t avoided, having the monitoring of the system will allow for fast response if there is a problem.
When you think about the customer data you hold, you may think only of Social Security numbers and credit card numbers. However, guidelines are written to protect virtually all data that is received from customers. Birthdays, voice mail messages, and more are considered to be private, and they have to stay that way. Your cybersecurity has to offer encryption and security measures that will resist any attempts at hacking. If your company isn’t compliant, it could be hit with so many fees and fines that you have no choice but to go out of business.
Communications and Security
Having up-to-date communications systems will help with cybersecurity. It is easier than ever to upgrade the communication system so that the data that goes through it isn’t vulnerable to attacks. This should be a regular part of your overall system of cybersecurity. Communications with customers should be treated with care so that they are not available to anyone to steal. Upgrade your systems if needed to keep the data streams encrypted.
If you need better cybersecurity for your business, contact us today to find out what we can do to keep your company’s customer data safer.