What does the new federal mandatory data breach notification law mean for your small business?
The new law, The Digital Privacy Act, went into effect on Nov 1, 2018, and applies to all businesses that hold identifying information of employees, customers, members, or vendors. In the case of a breach, business owners are required to notify the affected individuals as well as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. It’s easy to think that these risks and responsibilities only apply to large businesses, but in fact ‘personal information’ can include something as small as an email address as well as credit card details. As the skills of hackers have grown, it’s become an important part of business management to understand and mitigate the risks in the digital world, no matter the size of the company.
Research shows that roughly 30% of small businesses have been targeted by hackers because their online security is often not as robust as that of a large corporation. Apart from reputational damage, which can ruin small businesses, there can be significant costs associated with fixing the breach after legal bills are paid, IT professionals hired, and staff time accounted for as they divert from their normal duties to attend to the crisis.
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Front Row has also put together a number of helpful tips for small business owners to help limit the risk of a cyber attack. Check out the blog post at https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles/topic/cyber-insurance for ideas that should be applied by all employees.