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The Top 3 Data Security Risks of 2018

We’re four months into 2018. Are you confident in your company’s security profile? If not, it’s not too late to upgrade your data security strategy. Here are the three biggest risks to watch out for in 2018:

1. Phishing Scams

In the world of cyber crime, phishing is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It’s an extremely simple and effective way to steal sensitive financial and personal data. Criminals send a seemingly-legitimate email to a corporate employee asking them to click on a link or verify information. If the unsuspecting individual falls for the trick, a treasure trove of corporate data can be stolen.

Phishing attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated. The best way to stay safe from them is by regularly updating your firewall, anti-virus software, web browser, and general security patches. Warn your employees to verify the authenticity of emails, links, and websites before sending sensitive information.

2. Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to important data until a sum of money is paid. In 2017, WannaCry and Petya ransomware affected thousands of large and small businesses worldwide. Because of its effectiveness, cyber criminals will continue to use ransomware in 2018. You can prevent and mitigate this risk by backing up your system and application files daily, weekly, and monthly. When using an offline backup strategy, partner with a media rotation and archiving service provider so your backup media is stored and managed offsite.

3. Human Negligence and Error

Not every data security threat in 2018 is malicious; old-fashioned negligence and human error result in privacy breaches too. An employee training program is the most effective way to promote data security best practices within your organization. Educate your personnel about specific risks and offer remediation tips. Foster an environment of awareness by partnering with a records management provider who can offer a turnkey documents storage, shredding, data protection, and employee training solution.

Now is not the time to let your guard down. Use the tips we’ve offered here to tighten up your organization’s data security practices in 2018.

American Document Securities provides records storage, data protection and document shredding services for businesses in Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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