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Whenever there are no guiding rules, determining what constitutes sensitive data is the most
crucial step in handling sensitive data. To ensure the privacy and security of the data,
technological measures would be required. We would need to establish guidelines for the data
and teach staff members on how to appropriately safeguard sensitive information. Data should
be categorized (public, private, and personal) and encrypted. Having rules will assist the
business in regulating data to fit their unique needs, particularly the demands of the consumers,
and in maintaining the security of their personal data.
Government rules are the finest source for trends. This would make it easier for us to decide
which data to control. We may make use of both governmental regulations and trending
tendencies. By preventing the theft or sale of sensitive personal information to other parties,
both the client and the company will gain. Any infractions will cause the client and firm to lose
faith in one another. Repairing the damage might take several years. Data should not be
accessible or stored on any workers' personal devices, such as laptops, as doing so exposes the
client to danger in the event that the equipment is stolen or hacked. This might result in a data
breach that could harm the customer and ruin the company's image.
The greatest step to do would be to observe businesses in the same sector to find out how they
manage sensitive data. Data security and privacy are both addressed by published standards
from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Utilizing these standards may
help the company secure information in various formats, including paper, cloud-based, and
digital. This will make systems more resistant to cyberattacks. To provide organization-wide
security, a framework that safeguards all data in one location is required. The integrity,
confidentiality, and availability of data will be protected if these and other recommended
standards are followed, according to ISO.
Researching best practices by looking at case studies completed by industry professionals is
another option. The company may also seek advice from other authorities on data security and
privacy. Finding risks and consequences for improper management of sensitive data may be
done through a risk assessment. Customers' feedback on their expectations would be used to
address their worries and make the right choices.
References
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) (n.d). ISO/IEC 27001 and Related
Standards Information Security Management. Website
https://www.iso.org/isoiec-27001-information-security.html
Retrieved March 27, 2023
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