Not just for IT any more: LP pros must understand data loss prevention
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Dear Loss Prevention Professional,
As the saying goes, when it comes to data security issues, there are two kinds of companies: Those who’ve discovered they’ve had their data breached, and those who’ve been breached but don’t even know it.
Which one is yours?
Of course, many LP pros reading this will say to themselves, “That’s not my department and not my problem.” But we at LP Magazine are here to tell you that it most certainly is your problem. Everyone in LP ultimately represents a link in the security chain, carrying a critical responsibility to maintain the safety and integrity of this information. Safeguarding sensitive data is more than good business, it’s a professional responsibility.
That’s why we’ve created this Special Report, Data Security: Data Loss Prevention Best Practices and Proven Policies to Combat Data Breaches, and also why we’re giving away absolutely FREE. The importance of the LP pro’s expertise in combatting data breaches in this digital era means we must get this information into as many hands as possible.
Is this report something you can trust? Absolutely: It comes from LP Magazine, formerly known as LossPrevention, which was founded in 2001 by loss prevention professionals to fill the void for news, information, and educational content for all LP pros. Over the past decade and a half, LP Magazine has established itself as the premier voice of the LP industry, providing in-depth, timely articles for LP professionals and retail management.
Our custom publishing arm also delivers education and training to retail organizations on critical loss prevention, safety, and operational policies and procedures. What’s more, we’re deeply involved in the training and certification provided by the Loss Prevention Foundation, and we’re also aligned with our sister company, LPJobs.com, the leading retail security and loss prevention employment site on the Web.
You can see that we live, sleep, eat and breathe loss prevention. So why not take this rare opportunity to get something valuable for absolutely nothing?
Data loss prevention and security breaches: When, not if
The experts we consulted for this Special Report agree: Every company should start with the proactive assumption that their perimeters can and will be breached. That is a cold new reality for LP pros to face.
But the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to try to prevent such breaches, as well as mitigating the damage when one actually occurs. In this Special Report, you get everything you need to consider for building defenses, establishing data loss prevention policies and repairing damage post-breach.
This Special Report is designed to help you …
- Understand the threat to your organization that data security breaches represent
- Identify the skills and expertise that you, as an LP pro, can offer to your company’s data protection efforts
- Find out who is targeting you and why so you can plan ways to deter them
- Learn how to coordinate with your IT peers and local law enforcement – before a breach occurs
- Uncover the vulnerabilities that make your company’s network liable to attack
- Make your company a hard target to discourage hackers from attacking you
- Establish not just reactive, but proactive data loss prevention policies that could save your organization millions of dollars, and put your career on a fast track to success
When you read this special report, you’ll be ready to take the first steps immediately. Start with this helpful list of five steps to take to protect your network:
- Secure your perimeter IT network and web-based applications. Your IT network is like your house and you need to secure the windows, doors, and vents – anywhere you think a thief can come in.
- Be prepared. Prepare yourself with data breach and incidence response training. Just like you have disaster preparation, conduct data breach preparation and readiness training by developing processes, training your people, and practice often.
- Buy cyber security insurance. This is a growing field and insurance companies will also help you focus on what is important and what is financially at risk. The endeavor will help provide you with the discipline to discern what needs to be protected.
- Monitor your systems 24/7 for suspicious IT traffic and fraudulent financial traffic. It’s not good enough to do periodic audits.
- Have a security forensics team on speed dial. Even better, bring the team in before a breach occurs to understand what they can and can’t do for you.
We are all risk managers when it comes to data loss prevention
Most of all, you’ll understand what you, as a dedicated LP professional, can bring to the table for data loss prevention efforts: your strong law enforcement partnerships on the local, state, and federal levels, strong physical protection experience that can be leveraged for protecting the physical assets where data resides, your honed investigative skills to help determine how and why a data breach occurred, and your experience in writing or assisting in the planning and training for many corporate risk-management issues.
By the time you’ve finished reading this free Special Report, you’ll no longer believe it’s strictly the IT department’s responsibility to combat data security breaches. As noted above, your experience in creating safety and security policies will be invaluable in data loss prevention. And this guide will take you through the steps you should follow in creating a data security plan.
Of course, there are many components that make up a strong security policy. This report starts you with the most critical:
- Corporate management must support the policy
- The policy aligns information security with the core objectives of the business
What else will you learn about data loss prevention policies? A diverse list of subjects that must be addressed, including:
- Employee/management roles and responsibilities
- Guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable use of company resources (i.e. Internet and email)
- Acceptable use of company software and hardware
… Plus eight more areas you must address. This is business-critical information for you and your organization, and remember, it’s FREE. Download Data Security: Data Loss Prevention Best Practices and Proven Policies to Combat Data Breaches now!
Other information you must have to enhance your data loss prevention efforts
Of course, there’s much more to data loss prevention than just writing a policy. This Special Report makes sure you understand who is coming after your data and why, how the bad guys can breach your perimeters, how to spot them when they try and after they succeed, and what steps to take to mitigate losses.
For instance, you’ll learn about best practices in your daily LP activities, including maintenance of the latest version of all your operating systems and security programs; regular data backups – which you should also check on regularly to ensure that backups are actually taking place – and setting up firewalls on your computers.
You’ll even find out what to look for in a data loss insurance policy, making that just one more assignment you’ll be able to ace. You’ll read how a lowly thermostat brought down mighty Target. How you should insist on testing your new data loss remediation plan, so you can be sure you’re prepared for the inevitable hack. How the highly-regarded chip-and-PIN technology that will be mandatory for credit card companies starting in October 2015 will do little, if anything, to stop fraud.
As you can see, this Special Report is astonishingly thorough. If this report doesn’t make you an exponentially more valuable team member to your company, it’s only because you didn’t read it thoroughly.
So I urge you to read it right now … before you become distracted by some other, less business-critical issue … and start showing your company the way to a robust data loss prevention program.
You don’t know who’s already trying to breach your security … or who may already have succeeded. Can you afford not to read this Special Report right now?
Yours for powerful protection against the bad guys,
Editor & Publisher
PS: What do Target, Neiman, Michaels, eBay, P.F. Chang’s, Goodwill, Supervalu, Home Depot, Staples, Kmart, Dairy Queen and Sony all have in common? They’ve all been hacked. Don’t make the mistake of thinking it can’t happen to you, too. Be prepared by reading this FREE Special Report!
PSS: Do you know where your company is most vulnerable to a cyber attack? Social media. That’s right – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest could open you up to almost any kind of hacking. Find out more in Data Security: Data Loss Prevention Best Practices and Proven Policies to Combat Data Breaches!