National Data Privacy Day

Today is National Data Privacy Day. Below are recommendations and more information from the national Cyber Security Alliance. You can find more information here: https://staysafeonline.org/blog/its-national-data-privacy-day/

This article is from the National Cyber Security Alliance:

“Today is National Data Privacy Day, when many organizations and government agencies, including the FTC, join together to raise awareness about privacy issues and to offer tips and information. As more and more of our devices are connected and share information about us, privacy is increasingly important.

There are things you can do to help protect your privacy and limit how you share information with others. National Data Privacy Day is the perfect time to review some of those steps you can take:

  1. Know what’s on your device. Do an inventory of all the applications that are on your devices. Consider deleting what you don’t use.
  2. Check the privacy settings. It’s a good idea to check the privacy of apps, devices, and online accounts periodically. You could, for example, review privacy settings when you get a notice from a company telling you that their privacy policies have changed.
  3. Make sure any software and application are up to date. This includes your apps, web browsers, and operating systems. Set updates to happen automatically.
  4. Check the security of your home router. Make sure you’re using a router that has WPA2 or WPA3 encryption to protect the information you share over your wireless network. Public Wi-Fi is not secure, so take precautions if you need to use a public Wi-fit hotspot.

Check out the FTC’s resources on privacy and online security for more tips and information. You can also follow the conversation on social media by searching the hashtag #DataPrivacyDay”

At ECS Technology Solutions, our top recommendations for businesses to protect their customers and employees privacy and data are:

  1. Execute Security Awareness Training: Security awareness training educates your workforce on growing insider and outsider threats and empowers your employees with the knowledge and skills to stay cybersecure at work and at home. Cybersecurity should be shared throughout an entire workforce.
  2. Use a Password Manager: A major contributor to data breaches is the reuse of passwords between accounts. By utilizing a special software that securely stores all of your account passwords and makes it easy for you to log into each account, you can significantly lower your risk profile. In addition, you’ll be able to generate passwords that are random, complex and hard for malicious individuals to guess.
  3. Utilize a Security Network Model: The Zero Trust network security model provides several advantages over traditional network security models. These advantages include stronger user authentication, better access control, reduced exposure to cyber-attacks, and faster detection and response to threats.
  4. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: Don’t settle for a security solution that leaves your customers or businesses vulnerable. Multi-factor authentication helps you protect your accounts and business data from hackers, who are constantly trying to break into your accounts. Use a unique code generated by an authenticator app, in addition to your password and we’ll turn any account breach attempt into a bad day for the hacker.    
  5. Implement a Data Privacy Framework: By objectively ensuring that your sensitive data is being handled correctly and with the proper security in place, adopting a privacy framework  can help you manage risk and create a culture of privacy in your organization. The goal of a data privacy network is to help organizations keep their data and information secure and safe, protecting critical data from both insider threats and attacks from the outside.

If you would like more information on how to protect your data please feel free to reach out to our team. If you are a business owner and interested in Outsourcing Your IT to ECS, call us today to setup a FREE business consultation.

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