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Data Privacy Day: What it Means for Your Business and Professional Life

Data privacy is becoming increasingly important in today's digital age. With more and more personal and professional information being shared online, it's essential to take steps to protect your data and the data of those you work with. In recognition of this, Data Privacy Day is observed annually on January 28th to raise awareness about the importance of data privacy and to promote best practices for protecting personal information.

As a business, it's crucial to have a strong corporate policy in place to protect data and ensure that consumers' private information is safe from unauthorized access. According to research, 70% of consumers would stop doing business with a company if it didn't adequately protect their data. Unfortunately, only 27% of consumers feel that businesses take their data security seriously.

To protect your business and professional data, there are several steps you can take:

  1. Implement a Security Strategy Focused on a Platform Approach The first step in protecting data is ensuring that any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data your organization touches is secured from the moment it enters your network to the moment it leaves. This can be achieved by implementing a security strategy focused on a platform approach.

  2. Encrypt Data Encrypting data is another effective way to protect it from unauthorized access. This can be done by using encryption software to scramble data so that it can only be read by authorized users who have the key to decrypt it.

  3. Use Strong Passwords and Authentication Using strong passwords and authentication methods can also help protect data from unauthorized access. This includes using multi-factor authentication, which requires users to provide multiple forms of identification before they can access data.

  4. Keep Software Up-to-Date Keeping software up-to-date is another important step in protecting data. This includes updating all software, including operating systems, browsers, and applications, to ensure that they are protected against the latest security threats.

  5. Regularly Backup Data Regularly backing up data is another important step in protecting it. This includes creating regular backups of important data, such as customer information and financial records, and storing them in a secure location.

  6. Train Employees on Data Privacy Training employees on data privacy is another important step in protecting data. This includes educating employees on how to handle sensitive information, how to identify and report potential data breaches, and how to protect data from unauthorized access.

  7. Create a Data Privacy Policy Creating a data privacy policy is another important step in protecting data. This policy should include guidelines for handling sensitive information, procedures for reporting data breaches, and information on how to contact the appropriate authorities in the event of a data breach.

Edward Technology is located in Bell Works, Hoffman Estates, IL.

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