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Security Blanket

Simple steps you must take to ensure your company’s data is secure and out of the prying eyes of digital interlopers.

February 10, 2022

It's a smart and solid practice to routinely review the procedures for protecting and safeguarding your company’s data. This includes making sure you’re compliant and ready to meet any challenges or attempted breaches that may lay hidden just over the horizon.

With ransomware attacks, data breaches, and other security incidents on the rise, this is an area that demands serious attention now more than ever. So, attorneys contact?David Cole, Nicholas Jajko, and Heather Kuhn in the?Data Security, Privacy & Technology practice group at the law firm of Freeman Mathis and Gary LLC have compiled the top ways to best prepare your snow and ice management business.

  • Verify that your critical data is being backed up regularly, stored offsite, and capable of being restored quickly to protect against damage by ransomware attacks.
  • Audit all systems to ensure they are fully patched and running the latest version of software to mitigate the risk of a cybersecurity attack due to open vulnerabilities.
  • Review and update your Incident Response Plan or create one if you don’t have one yet.
  • Rehearse your incident response procedures through a tabletop exercise.
  • Review and update your Terms of Use and Privacy Policies on your website to make sure they align with your current practices and comply with applicable laws.
  • Review your Written Information Security Plan (WISP), or develop one if you don’t have one, to comply with state or federal law requirements.
  • Purchase cyber liability insurance to cover privacy event expenses for incidents like data breaches or ransomware attacks, as well as potential liability for third-party claims, or review your existing policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for your organization’s risk.
  • Review your data collection, use, storage and deletion practices for compliance with all applicable privacy laws such as the existing laws in California (and the amended law going into effect January 1, 2023) and the European Union, plus new privacy laws in Virginia and Colorado. 

Taking proactive steps like these gives your organization the best chance to protect against the ever-increasing threats to cybersecurity, as well as the confidence to use data to add value rather than be afraid of it. And be sure to reach out to a cybersecurity professional if you have any questions on how new and existing privacy and security requirements impact your organization, or if you need guidance on any of the recommended actions above.

Snow Magazine contributors and attorneys?David Cole, Nicholas Jajko, Heather Kuhn are part of Freeman, Mathis and Gary LLC’s Security, Privacy & Technology practice group.??