Security in the News: Proactive Steps to Take Today
Just this week, Uber made headlines for “avoidable” data security flaws that exposed the personal information of 2.7 million individuals (along with a hefty fine), and the United States’ Postal Service came under scrutiny for the possible exposure of personal data of over 60 million Americans. Large companies are continually falling victim to flawed security measures, how can other businesses – both large-scale and small – avoid the same fate?
It starts with prevention – with using the right solutions from the start. But, we’ll get there momentarily.
Time to Evaluate
Before looking into new solutions, or assuming that the data of your contacts, customers and others is secure, an evaluation is necessary. If major organizations are falling short on a continual basis, red flags should be apparent for all of us.
Consider the following questions:
- Where does my data live?
- What tools does my data pass through?
- Can I track where customer data is stored, and what data is stored for each contact?
- Can I easily delete information if requested to do so?
- Who – both internally and externally – has access to critical data that my team relies upon?
The answers to these questions may begin to paint a bigger picture, that might start to show gaps in the actual security of your data.
Right now, the status of data security in the United States is more fluid than elsewhere. Breeches are common, and unacceptable, yet, standard guidelines are still in the works. This is different in other places, namely, Europe, where new GDPR regulations took effect in the spring of this year.
It’s likely that regulations like these will become the norm around the world, so, taking the time to understand them, and to make changes today to adapt to them, even if they seem unnecessary for your current business needs, may be advantageous.
Looking for Solutions Providers up to the Task
Once you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, and what gaps currently exist in the way you work with, store and protect customer data, it’s time to find a better way.
Take the time to check out mobile data solutions partners, and to ask serious questions about the way data is gathered or stored using a given solution.
- Who has access to user passwords that belong to my company?
- Who can see data that has been collected or reported on using this solution?
- Is your company Privacy Shield Certified?
- Can the solution be customized to increase security of data?
If a company is unable to answer specific questions, or, unable to provide concrete answers, it may be time to look elsewhere.
The privacy and security of your most important asset – data – has never been more important, or, more at risk. Are you taking the steps necessary to protect it to the highest extent? Ready to make a change? Start a chat with our team members, using the box below, today!