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PHISHY PHONE CALLS

In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. These calls may be phishing attempts and should be considered dangerous – but they can be tricky to identify and it’s important to be prepared to respond appropriately.

Here are 7 helpful tips to deal with phishing: (more…)

Video: Dealing with Data Breach

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Data Breach

Data breach coverage offers protection for costs associated with the accidental exposure of sensitive customer data due to occurrences such as hacking, theft, and the accidental release of data. This coverage will help to cover costs involved with the notification of customers and government authorities of a potential data breach, as well as legal liability costs to protect against claims from victims.

Learn more about the importance of data breach coverage in this short video: (more…)

Hacked! How to Comply with Data Breach Notification Laws

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Data Breach

Unfortunately, your business is never 100% protected from data breach crimes, so it’s important to be prepared to respond if you should become a victim. In the event of a data breach, businesses must comply with data breach notification laws. Although data breach notification laws vary by jurisdiction, generally businesses must notify consumers whose personal information has been compromised by a security breach.

Who is required to give notice? (more…)

7 Common Causes of Data Breach

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Data Breach

Data breach is the exposure of customer information and it is becoming a more common (and frightening) occurrence. Could your business be the next victim, left to face tremendous financial costs, lost customers and lost reputation?  Consider these common causes of data breach: (more…)

Will you be Blindsided by a Data Breach?

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Data Breach

Data breaches are expensive, time consuming and unavoidable. It is no secret that criminals are getting smarter at using technology to their advantage, and unfortunately that means your business could be the victim left to face tremendous financial costs, lost customers and lost reputation.

The fact is that 20% of small businesses are victims of cybercrime, and of those, 60% will go out of business within six months. Staggering. Learn more in this video: (more…)

Data Breach Series: Protecting Your Business from Costly Data Breach Damage (Part 4 of 4)

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Data Breach

Data breach is the exposure of sensitive customer information due to hacking, theft or the accidental release of data. Business owners are expected to be custodians of customer information and have a reasonable expectation to protect their customers’ data. A data breach is impactful for all businesses, but it can be devastating for a small business without the resources of a larger corporation. In this four-part blog series, we share the top three data breach myths, eight tips to prevent data breach, how to react to a data breach, and how to protect your business from costly data breach damage.

For 20 days in late 2013, Target Corporation experienced one of the largest data breaches in American history. Hacked information included some 70 million customer names and 40 million credit and debit card numbers including the short verification codes on the back of compromised cards. In addition to forcing the retail giant to book a reported $61 million in direct costs related to the breach, it also scared customers away from shopping at their stores – which resulted in a 46% drop in net profit during the holiday quarter. Although the exact full costs of the breach are not yet known, security analysts have pegged the costs at upwards of $400 million.

A data breach can be even more impactful for a small business and cause irreparable harm to your company’s reputation. The cost of even a small breach can be wildly expensive. Typical costs can include: (more…)