Five questions that could save you from a data breach

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Audit • Tax • Advisory © Grant Thornton LLP. A Canadian Member of Grant Thornton International Ltd. All rights reserved. Five questions that could save you from a data breach At least 276,000 records were breached in Canada in 2014 i Today's advanced cyber criminals are looking for more than unsuspecting individuals to hack. Their sights are set on one-stop information shops—often in the form of customer databases. These databases are goldmines, typically filled with confidential, personal and financial information—information that can be held for ransom, sold to competitors or simply used to tarnish a brand's reputation. And as the recent string of high-profile data breaches proves, mandatory unique logins and complex passwords aren't enough to keep these goldmines safe. To adequately protect your company's most prized possession—its data—you need to take a proactive approach. Here are five questions to help you get started. 1. What processes do we have in place to identify and repair system vulnerabilities? 2. How are we protecting the data we have stored in the cloud? What can we do to improve upon these security measures? 3. Do we have an information security strategy and policy? 4. How can we improve upon our cyber governance and controls? 5. Do we have a response protocol to mitigate damage in the event of a cyber- attack How Grant Thornton LLP can help Attack and penetration testing Through a complex ethical hacking process we will identify and assess risks, weaknesses and threats in both your externally-facing systems and your users' security awareness. Security awareness training We will educate your team about cyber risks and related corporate policies and procedures, as well as highlight best practices. Security policy and internal controls development Our team will assist in developing, testing and implementing security and incident response policies and controls that are in line with your organization's goals and risk tolerance. We can also assist in navigating the realm of cybersecurity insurance. i IT World Canada least-276000-records-in-canada-breached-in-2014/102193 Contact us While you never know for certain if you will be targeted, you'll never regret being prepared. Please contact us to discuss your specific concerns: Western Canada Shane Troyer T: +1 604 443 2148 E: Central Canada David Malamed T: +1 416 360 3382 E: David Florio T: +1 416 369 6415 E: Sandy Boucher T: +1 416 369 7027 E: Eastern Canada Scott Weissent T: +1 902 491 7716 E: Leah White T: +1 902 491 7718 E:

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