Offices are packed with clutter, and there is even clutter that you cannot see. You can work on tidying your office space and reducing how much mess there is, but there are still other issues that you might have to face up to, and one of those is a mess in your data.
Did you know that just over 40% of hackers target smaller businesses? This is a percentage that’s way too high, and you have to be aware of this so that you can be on top of your data.
Hacking data can cause your business to close, and you don’t want that to happen. Data governance is so important if you want to remain on top of your data, and the threat of being hacked is very, very real. You need to know the types of data that hackers would want to steal so that you can make sure that you have the right security. Let’s take a look:
1 – Personal data
If you are holding information for your customers, hackers are going to want this. Personal information of your customers and of your staff is going to be a top target for hackers, and this can include everything from birthdates to financial information. Social security numbers are another piece of data that people will be after. Your company may not even collect social security numbers from clients, but it is still likely you will have this from your employees. Customer information can be used for financial purposes – so protecting it is important.
2 – Digital infrastructure
Another piece of your data that hackers will want is the digital infrastructure of your business. It’s a big motivation for hacking because data servers and data storage are expensive. Hackers want to store their own data using your structure, and they’ll want to use it for free.
3 – Confidential product information
Few things are more important to your business than the product information you hold in your servers. This is valuable information to hackers, and you have to keep it as protected as possible. You don’t want to let your competition get hold of this information, so you need to invest in good data protection.
4 – Corporate account data
This information is easily accessible, and you need to protect it as best you can. You don’t want your business operations to be disrupted, so you have to consider how your corporate account data is protected and what more you could do to secure it. Data breaches like this can cause a lot of confusion, and they can mean that you lose trust.
5 – For network control.
Hackers will want control of your network, and they are much less concerned about the data that you have and are more interested in the entirety of your network. They will then hold your data and your infrastructure to ransom until you pay them for it. You want to avoid this, or you could lose everything entirely.