If You Collect IT, Protect IT!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2019, by Laura Baker Co-founder CyberWyoming

The State of Wyoming’s Statute 6-3-901 states that personally identifiable information is a name plus one other piece of identifying information. So,this could be as simple as name and address, which is often gathered by customer loyalty programs, for employee paychecks, or for customer product deliveries.

As business owners in Wyoming we have the responsibility to protect this information, even if we perceive that the data is already ‘out there.’ Since the businesses in my community are often owned by my friends and neighbors, I know that we all want to work together to make Wyoming a cyber safe place to live and work.

Encryption and password protection are options to consider and we have discussed it in previous blogs. But how many of us have user termination checklists to make sure past employees are locked out of our work systems? How many of us make sure that our employees only have access to the information they actually need?

As Wyoming-ites, we are trusting people. We leave our car doors unlocked when we run into the grocery store. In fact, sometimes if there is a snowstorm, we leave the cars running! We know our neighbors and communities.

But when it comes to cybersecurity, we need to trust less and protect more.

Here are some tips from the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month website: #CyberAware #BeCyberSmart

  • If You Collect It, Protect It. Any data your business collects, including customer and employee information, must be safely stored and protected.
  • Limit access to customer data to only the employees who require it to perform core duties of their jobs.

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