Clicking “Accept” has become a routine. We all must accept the terms and conditions, privacy policies and now cookies from every site and mobile app we use. Everyone is supposed to read the details in order to be aware of what they’re accepting. On the flip side, no one can move forward if they don’t. And so, the majority of us have the tendency to “Accept” automatically and immediately start handing over our private information.
Why does everyone want to collect the data? Because “All Data is Valuable,” according to the National Cybersecurity Alliance. But, when you’re the one collecting it, the question then becomes: “how do I keep the data private?”
All data is valuable. As a company, it’s up to you to keep it protected. Unfortunately, the smaller your operation, the more your hands are tied. Here are a few ways to evaluate your data beyond its every day use.
Track Your Data.
Identify the data you create, then collect and store. Data comes from:
Analyze Your Data.
By analyzing your data, you can spot trends, react to customers, and improve your decisions. You can also begin to see the data for its value. For example, employee social security numbers, customer preferred payment methods, competitor analysis, among the many other bits of data you have, are all worth a lot.
Assess the Value of your Data.
What is all of this data worth? The valuation of your data can help you determine:
Protect Your Data.
You need your data. Competitors, other companies and worst of all, cybercriminals all want your data. So, you must protect it. To begin, you need a Cybersecurity Plan, no matter the size of your business. Your Cybersecurity Plan needs to address the following:
As a company, you are responsible for the data you collect, especially, the data you need to keep private. Fortunately, implementing the tools you need for data privacy and implementing a cybersecurity plan are much more affordable than you may think.
To begin protecting this valuable asset, contact our team of experts at Midnight Blue. We’re here to serve as an extension of your business and support you with all of your cybersecurity needs. is. Fill out our online form, send us an email, or call us at 412-342-3800.