Data protection is everyone’s business during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual reminder for businesses and individuals that cybersecurity risks are ever present and data protection is everyone’s responsibility.

Preventing data breaches can be as simple as managing password usage across multiple platforms and regularly checking for any compromises according to cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor.

Kingsley Hayes, managing director at data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors, said: “There are simple measures that individuals and employees can implement to create more robust defences against cyber-attacks. That can include ensuring that passwords are regularly changed, avoiding duplicating the same password across multiple applications and using tools such as Google’s Password Checker on a frequent basis to check whether any of the passwords used have been involved in major data breaches.

“Cybersecurity is everyone’s business during an increasingly digitised era and the solutions can be as simple, and manageable, as taking care with password selection and usage. Many of us will use significant dates such as birthdays and anniversaries or pet’s names for passwords for example.

“This may have been perfectly safe and acceptable some years ago but, as hackers become increasingly sophisticated and more personal data is used, stored and shared online, using passwords that cannot be easily guessed is best practice.

“Google has recently made its Password Checkup feature more accessible building it into its Google account controls. These tools should be utilised for a monthly health check on passwords and any red flags acted on immediately.

“Data protection doesn’t have to be costly or complicated but simple measures such as this, taken by everyone on a regular basis, can prevent costly and damaging data breaches impacting individuals and businesses.”

Hayes Connor Solicitors was Highly Commended for Boutique Firm of the Year at the Modern Law Awards in January 2019.

The firm was recently appointed as data protection supplier to the Communication Workers Union and is currently acting for thousands of claimants with data breach action against Ticketmaster, Equifax, Marriott International, TeamSport, Dixons Carphone and the Police Federation of England and Wales.