On September 2021 Lunch and Learn Event “Insights on Safety and Security”, Team Central Jersey’s very own Jeannie Assante and Jonathan Katz talked about protecting personal identity and business data.
If you want to learn how to prevent identity theft and malicious malware attacks, continue reading.
On Protecting Personal Identity
Sometimes, we think that we don’t need something until something happens and all of a sudden we say, “I should have had that!”.
How many times has somebody told someone about how they lost their wallet? Or when people talk about how they cannot get their wallet back without getting their ID? How many times have you talked to someone and learned that they had money missing from their bank account?
When you are in that situation, you need to go to the bank to figure out who took the money, how to get the money back, or if you’re going to get the money back or not.
However, the bigger question is, when hackers are able to do it because they have your bank information, don’t you think they can do it again and again?
How about your actual identity, your name, who you are, the person that you are putting forward in your everyday world?
If someone takes your identity, how much would that cost you money-wise? Would it be more than 75 cents a day? Because if it is more than 75 cents a day, that is what it is going to cost to make sure that your identity is protected.
Why You Need Identity Theft Protection
It is like having medical insurance where it does not mean you are never going to get sick but it means that you are covered in case you do get sick. It means that you are being taken care of on the back end.
With IDSeal identity theft protection you are not just protected, you are alerted on every little thing that goes on in your credit.
Do you know that children are the most susceptible for identity theft?
Thefts can take their identity and they can start using it for whatever they want to use it for. Thefts can build a life under that name. And when you decide that you want to start building a life for that child, you can't because somebody else decided they were going to use it and misuse it.
- Your information is out there. Somebody somewhere along the line has your information and you want to make sure it's protected so that whoever it is might get their hands on it won't be able to do anything about it. Make sure that somebody else doesn't reuse it or misuse it.
- You want to make sure just like when you have medical insurance, just like when you have car insurance, you don't get these things because you're going to have a medical issue or you're going to have a car accident. You get them just in case so that you're protected. Do the IDSeal just in case, so that you're protected.
On Business Data Security
Alerts are a big thing for cyber security as well. You want to make sure that you're being notified of any threat detections. You want to make sure you're being notified of malicious malware or attacks. Alerting a business that there's a new scam out there or a new type of malicious activity that people are engaging in to try to hurt your business.
How are alerts important for business?
So you can act accordingly. The alerts are a big piece but part of what the main benefits of moving to the cloud are is to essentially reduce the need for those alerts.
Moving to the Cloud
If you're exposing people's information or you're not protecting people's information that could come back and hurt you from legal aspects of your business you can be unprotected from a regulatory standpoint.
Scalability of Data Compliance and Data Security
One big thing that people often overlook is the scalability of their data compliance and of their data security. As your business grows you get more data, more systems, more integrations, more workflows - all of those new pieces expose you to more risk.
Part of the benefits of moving to the cloud is that scalability is built in place from day one so you don't have to remember to upgrade certain servers or certain systems or have certain backup practices in place.
There can always be a problem that hits your plate, so not only do you want to be making sure that you're planning for detection ahead of time, but you also need to have a backup plan if something does go wrong.
Make sure you have redundancy in place so that your business does not shut down or you're not scrambling for a couple of weeks to try to get back to where you used to.
We've seen people that have accidentally deleted their servers or have deleted their databases. If you don't have a redundancy plan in place you are out of luck. You lose all of those leads, all of those banking records, they are all out the door.
You need to make sure that you have backup and people in place. People that are engaging in malicious activity don't necessarily work 9 to 5 so. Just because you're not in the office nine to five protecting your systems that doesn't mean someone's not out there in the world trying to take your data or trying to steal from you so you need to make sure that you're protected 24/7.
Planning ahead, planning in the middle and then planning for the future you need to make sure that you have all your bases covered.
- Take stock of what you have. Look at your business and ask yourself these questions, “Do I have something in place that will alert me if there's somebody trying to attack my software or attack my customer base?
- Start with getting alerts in place. Start understanding what you need to set yourself up so that you're getting notified, then continuing the pipeline.
- Think about what your backup plans are.
- Make sure you have a redundancy or a backup plan in place
- Last step is to make sure that your business has a way to communicate and to engage your customers in the best way. Make sure that you have the communication in place. You know you can notify people when a problem takes place.
- Security is from day one. We are building security into every workflow into every process, into every integration, into every system, so right from day one you are a fully secured system with backup plans and mitigation tactics in place. See how Jonathan can help you move your business to the cloud here.
My name is Jeannie Asante. I'm excited because I get to protect people's identity. Sometimes we forget that there are people out there trying to do what they're trying to do with our identity. I want to make sure that you can forget but not be vulnerable.
I work with companies to transform their business. I help businesses transition from on-premise sites or offline sites or manual workflows to the browser with a security first model. I help them to transform and automate their existing business with security and safety being our top priority.
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