Tips and tricks to lock down your company’s data security

As more and more of our daily lives connect online, even non-tech companies need to up their game. Here’s how

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No matter which business you’re in, if information security isn’t already your concern, it likely will be soon. You need to protect your own confidential data, and you need to be a responsible steward of your customers’ crucial information, too. With high profile hacks trashing company reputations and costing billions in legal fees and lost business, we can all improve our data hygiene. Here are some places to start.

Stop using anything on this list of 2015’s worst passwords

Sorry, adding “789” to your standard “123456” is not fooling any cybercriminal. Luckily there’s a solution

A foolproof way to make your passwords more secure

You probably know your memorized passwords aren’t secure, but old habits die hard. Here’s a cheap and easy alternative

Reduce your risk of financial fraud by watching for these red flags

The former head of the RCMP’s commercial crime unit says there’s no perfect protection, but you can reduce your fraud risk

Here’s why you should start encrypting your entire website

Consumers increasingly want more security from the companies they deal with. Encrypting your website is a good start

Corporate Boards are finally putting data security on the agenda

Canadian companies are doing more than most to secure their data, but boards need to keep the pressure on

What to do when your company has been hacked

Data breaches are increasingly a fact of life for businesses. How you respond can make or break your company’s reputation

Plus more from our archives:

The Ashley Madison hack is yet another wake-up call on data security

Sophisticated attackers are targeting mid-size companies like never before, for a variety of reasons

How to prevent an Ashley Madison–style hack by company insiders

A cybersecurity expert shares 5 key steps for identifying and stopping bad actors inside your company

Meet the made-in-Canada anti-counterfeit sticker of the future

Using nano-scale holes in a thin film, Nanotech Security’s next stop could be bank notes and passports

The global landscape of cybercrime is shifting

As cyberattacks from the U.S., India and China decline, a new group of countries is stepping up

How Canada’s cyber-terrorism law could harm Canadian tech companies

Bill C-51 requirements complicate data security for Canadian companies with global reach

Blockchain technology spells the end of middlemen

The technology behind bitcoin could disrupt every transaction, from money transfers to real estate, by cutting out third parties

Why we should be able to pay for better privacy online

Privacy ought to be treated as a right, but offering premium “untracked” accounts would be a start

Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #48 — Ann Cavoukian

The Executive Director of the Privacy & Big Data Institute at Ryerson University tells business how to keep data safe