Cyber coverage: Keep your customers’ information safe Posted in Business Protecting your customer data is about more than a business’s legal responsibility, it’s about keeping your customers’ trust. According to a Ponemon Institute study, 57% of consumers who received a breach notification letter from a business said they lost trust and confidence in that business, while 31% ended their relationship.1 Few businesses and organizations can afford that kind of damage to their brand or their customer base. So don’t wait for the worst to happen. Take action now by following a few simple steps that can help you limit the risk of a data breach and losing valuable customer information—and help you keep your customers’ trust. 1. Use a dedicated server. Yes, it’s more expensive, but using a dedicated server greatly reduces your exposure to hackers as compared to a shared server. 2. Encrypt data. Any file that’s not encrypted is at risk—especially if it’s sent over the internet. 3. Utilize a website malware monitoring service. If your website gets hacked, you might not even know it until it's too late. Malware monitors will protect your website and visitors and notify you if your site has been compromised. 4. Restrict access to personal information. Limiting access to customer information to only those in your company who “need-to-know” should be part of your records management policy. Keep sensitive files—paper and electronic—in a centralized location. For employees working remotely, make sure their laptops can only access files through a secure VPN. 5. Shred your paper documents and use a wiping program for hardware. Businesses are required to properly dispose of customer and employee information. Shred, burn or pulverize physical documents. On computer hardware, use a wiping program to erase all appropriate data. 6. Create a data breach plan. Reacting quickly can help minimize the damage from a breach—and to do that you must be prepared. Develop a plan that can help you isolate the issue, notify customers and work with a cyber security expert.2 And in case of a data breach, make sure your business is protected ahead of time by cyber insurance coverage. Speak with an independent insurance agent to determine the right coverage for your business. Your agent will review your exposure, different coverage options and make the best policy recommendation for you. Please contact a local independent Grange agent for complete details on coverages and discounts. 1 – Firstdata.com 2 – Quickbooks.intuit.com This article is for informational and suggestion purposes only. Implementing one or more of these suggestions does not guarantee coverage. If any policy coverage descriptions in this article conflict with the language in the policy, the language in the policy applies. For full details on Grange’s business insurance coverages and discounts, including Business Cyber coverage, contact your local, independent Grange insurance agent. Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Related resources Cyber coverage: Simple steps to protect your business from cyberattacks Posted in Business Cybercrime is a growing concern for businesses worldwide. And the cost of recovery can be significant. Learn five simple preventative measures that can help make your business safer and make life a little harder for cybercriminals. Cyber coverage: Four real-life stories of business recovery Posted in Business When your business experiences a data breach, how you respond means everything. Be ready to take immediate action. Read these four real-life stories and learn how cyber coverage and CyberScout helped businesses recover after a breach. Cyber coverage: A new business necessity Posted in Business Cyberattacks target businesses of all sizes. In fact, 60% of small businesses close within six months of a data breach. Take action now to protect your business from cyber threats like data breaches, third-party data losses and ransomware.