Due to an increase in new technologies and their extensive uses in the workplace, data protection has become a critical safety point in every company. In the race to employ technology to its fullest potential, many businesses under-estimate the severity of cyber threats. When data is compromised, whether accidentally or intentionally, it can cause personal, financial, and credibility damage to not only the business owners, but also their workforce and more and more often, their customers.
Currently, we always seem to hear about security threats affecting larger companies, like Target, Visa, and Mastercard. But more and more frequently, smaller companies are becoming increasingly compromised. Unfortunately, it has become inevitable that cybercrime will eventually threaten almost every company at some point in its existence. It is important for sound security best practices be put in place so that sensitive and critical information will not be compromised by cyber criminals.
The need to take proactive steps to ensure a business is adequately protected is likely to be a key feature at many company meetings in the coming year. While the security measures taken will differ depending on the size and nature of a business, every company, whatever the size, should be implementing relevant procedures to guard itself against cyber security risks.
Cyber security includes on-going activities and processes that have been created specifically to help monitor and reduce cyber security threats. Unfortunately, no one form of protection is completely secure, and it is highly advised that you hire a cybersecurity expert to assess your specific risks, identify your particular requirements, and help build a personalized plan to ensure maximum protection.
These methods may include:
In this ever-expanding, cyber world in which we live, regular monitoring and updating of data safety features is one of the most important assets to any company. Educating staff on the software and the hardware they use is essential to a stronger level of security and may help prevent breaches of security.
Not all data recovery tools are created equal, and professional advice should be sought in cases where any level of expertise is required. Some cases may require data management or recovery using technologies not currently available to a company. A professional investigation may be carried out when sensitive data is present or the recovered data may be used as evidence in a court of law and requires additional care.
In order for electronically stored information or ESI to hold up in court, the evidence supplied must be able to verify a chain of events and data history to be considered hard evidence for the fractured, deleted, or missing data. Prudential Associates has a successful track record in helping businesses secure positive convictions. We have a wide range of tools and are well-versed in current media trends and media storage and environments.
We also offer remote guidance and can help tailor a cost-effective approach that may help ensure defensibility, without the risk of data exposure in your company. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a professional forensic specialist today for more information on the services and options available.