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Don't let the bad guys get their hands on your data

If you've been a North Carolina business owner for several years or more, you no doubt understand how challenging it can be to keep a business running smoothly and protect the bottom line. Nowadays, the same advanced technology that helps you stay at the top of your game can also place you at great risk for compromised security and data breaches. That said, it's always best to regularly conduct data protection reviews to make sure you're doing everything possible to keep your business information safe.

The last thing you need is for your customers' information to fall into the hands of hackers who may sell it or otherwise use it for criminal gain. To avoid such problems, there are several things you can do ahead of time in order to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

These questions can help you protect customer information

Beyond the fact that a data breach may cost you customers, you can also face with a lawsuit if someone believes you should be held legally accountable for damages they've suffered. The following list of questions can help you determine if your customer information is secure:

  • Are you fully aware of all sensitive data your business possesses?
  • Do know every person with access to that information?
  • Do you regularly assess the flow of data throughout your company to determine whether vulnerabilities exist?
  • Are you aware that keeping customers' personal information longer than necessary becomes a liability to your business?
  • Do you store hard copy and digital documents in secure locations?
  • Do you monitor incoming and outgoing activity to detect system intrusions?
  • In case of a data breach, do you have a company-wide response plan in place?
  • Do you make sure new employees undergo background checks, especially if they will have access to sensitive information?
  • Is information security and protection an ongoing process of training in your company?

These are just a few of the many questions that can help you assess the current state of your business information status. However, it's equally important to know where to seek help if you detect a breach or a potential problem arises.

If someone files a lawsuit against you regarding theft or mishandling of personal customer information, you may need to take swift action to mitigate the circumstances. A business and commercial law attorney with experience in consumer protection law is fully prepared to help you address such matters and able to aggressively litigate an issue, as needed.

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