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Privacy Flash Five: Security Edition

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In light of the marked increase in cyberattacks and the recent announcement of the Log4shell Apache vulnerability, our team has developed a special security edition of the Privacy Flash Five which lists the top five ways companies can protect themselves against attacks.


1. Software

The first line of defense is to have reputable and up-to-date antivirus and endpoint detection monitoring software, and regularly scan for vulnerabilities.

2. Strong Security Practices

Companies must adopt enterprise-wide security practices, including multi-factor authentication and strong password requirements. Security should be a top priority at all levels of the organization.

3. Backup Data

Regular, offline backups of data are critical. Recent ransomware variants can delete or encrypt backups housed online or on connected systems.

4. Train Employees

Employees should understand general cybersecurity issues, including how to identify and report suspicious activities.

5. Plan for an Incident

Today, it is not a question of if an organization will be a victim of a cyberattack, but when. Companies must maintain a strong Incident Response Plan and test it regularly with key stakeholders.

Baker Botts recognizes that data-protection and privacy issues are a concern for all companies that gather, store, or process the sensitive or personal information of their customers, third parties or employees. Privacy regulations around the world change constantly and the growth in technology available to transfer, manipulate, process, and access data shows no sign of abating. Learn more about our Privacy and Data Security practice here.

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