50 percent of small businesses in the United States have been breached by hackers, according to a 2017 Ponemon report. And 1 in 3 SMBs don't have data protection tools in place such as data-encryption. SMBs provide essential services for industry but they are a soft target for hackers and a big security risk for consumers and governments. It is this vulnerability that the new GDPR and 23 NYCRR 500 regulations are designed in part to address. In the U.S and Europe, cyber security now needs to be standard operating practice.
Encryption: a minimum standard for all
The new data protection regulations coming into force are having a direct and indirect impact on SMBs. As well as having to comply with new legal obligations, SMBs are also likely to see minimum practices demanded by their clients as large enterprises consider data protection safeguards, such as encryption, to be a basic requirement for any vendor wishing to do business with them.
To ensure your business is one step ahead and able to demonstrate compliance, use the reports on your AlertSec web account to check that encryption has deployed correctly to all devices in your organization.
Proving that a stolen device was encrypted
Protecting your company means more than just encrypting every laptop. When a device goes missing, how can you prove to investigators and customers that the device really was encrypted? A policy that requires all devices to be encrypted is no guarantee of compliance. With basic encryption products, the proof of installation has disappeared with the laptop.
That is where AlertSec’s cloud-based service leads the market. Your AlertSec web account gives you full visibility and traceability of deployment and implementation for each user in your company. Reports generated monthly ensure that losing a laptop doesn’t have to mean losing the trust of your customers.