One truth to both life and business is that issues will arise. While some can be planned for, others will rise up unexpectedly despite the most proactive of plans. However, including data protection as part of a comprehensive business plan may limit the disruption to both a Minnesota company and the people associated with it. Data protection is an especially serious issue for those running small businesses, as hackers and data thieves target them more frequently.
To stop an outside individual or entity from stealing personal or business information, a business owner must understand tactics used to gain that information. Phishing emails are a common tactic in addition to exploiting weak passwords used to secure devices. Making the decision to use devices that are not encrypted or allowing employees to bring their own devices can also leave a business open to data theft.
Business owners are encouraged to educate their workers, vendors and customers about data fraud and other ways to steal data electronically. Business owners and others should be taught how to spot a phishing email as well as the importance of making sure that devices are encrypted and secured with strong passwords. Any network that is accessed either with personal or corporate devices should be secured to prevent data from being stolen through a wireless network.
During the business startup phase, owners should strongly consider the importance of data security as part of their business plans. Talking to an attorney may make it easier to determine what type of measures can be put in place to protect a device, a network or private information without violating any state or federal laws.
This information is general in nature and should not be construed as tax or legal advice.