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3 Data Security Tips For Criminal Investigation Agencies

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“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Don’t store unnecessary data, keep an eye on what’s happening, and don’t take unnecessary risks.” – Chris Bell, former U.S. congressman.

Data security is critical in any business because you have a legal and moral responsibility to protect the sensitive data that customers are trusting you with. Losing their personal information or their credit card details puts them at a higher risk of identity and financial fraud, but if you run a criminal investigation agency, the stakes are a lot higher – and people lives can be put at risk. 

Here, we explore three tips to help criminal investigation agencies – and other businesses – to keep their data safe.

Identify any unusual patterns in your data

One of the ways most people and organizations notice a hacking or misuse of data is through an anomaly in the data or any unusual patterns. It can be difficult to trawl through data to see these because these days, it is so complex and there is so much of it. It can take a lot of manpower and resources to sift through, which is where some of the best data analytics tools can come in. This will save you the effort of doing it manually and can pick up anything that you might have missed.

Encrypt data

It is necessary for data to be shared between employees, departments and even agencies sometimes, and this is where it is most at risk. Technology these days means that data is incredibly easy to intercept and be used for nefarious purposes. However, if it is encrypted and password-protected, it makes it much harder for would-be hackers and cybercriminals to get their hands on the data. If they intercept it, they have a whole new level of security to get through!

Educate your clients about the risks of data loss

In many instances, data is lost to criminals as a result of a deliberate attack, but businesses often underestimate the importance of human error when it comes to data misuse. 

If your employees are not following security procedures correctly, there is a much higher chance of accidental data loss. That’s why it is crucial that you educate them properly. This also goes for any clients that you work with. Provide them with up to date training on setting strong passwords and the importance of changing them regularly and how to spot phishing emails and text messages. It is also vital that your employees all understand the law around data protection and how devastating a data loss or hack can be. 

Data security is one of the biggest facing all businesses in this digital age, but the fall out from a hack or a data loss can be so much higher for a criminal investigation agency. Make sure that yours is not affected by putting the tips we have shared above into practice.