74% of small business data theft is random, not targeted — the digital equivalent of leaving your car unlocked.
There is a critical lack of basic data security protocols in the Canadian P&C insurance industry. As brokers adopt e-commerce strategies, they must take steps to protect their clients’ personal information.
Fortunately, those protocols are called “basic” for a reason – they’re easy to teach, learn and implement, and you can have these four in place by the end of the week:
- Choose long passwords (at least 12 characters) that are easy to remember, and ask your IT provider to require regular updates to log-in credentials. These steps deter hackers who use the “brute force” strategy of auto-generating thousands of passwords and log-in attempts.
- Establish secure connections and network firewalls for employees working remotely. One such solution is a virtual private network (VPN). Remote access is a useful productivity tool, but unsecured connections are easy to exploit.
- Implement transport layer security (TLS) email encryption. This affordable solution automatically protects emails sent between you and other TLS-enabled parties, reducing the risk of interception. Advise your customers to do the same. (More on CSIO eMail Security)
- Educate staff on data security. What responsibility do you have to protect customer information? What security procedures does your brokerage have? Knowledge is power — share it.
- CSIO: eMail Security
- Article: The Industry Solution for eMail Security
- Article: TLS Provides TLC for Client Data
- Article: A Small Price to Pay for Substantial eMail Security
- Article: Providing Client Peace of Mind with TLS
- Article: TLS: A Small Price to Pay for Data Protection
- Article: You’ve Got (Secure) Mail