The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) recently released its 2015 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide for its seventh consecutive year. This guide helps provide businesses with prescriptive advice to help optimize data privacy and security practices to prevent, detect, contain and remediate the risk and impact of data loss incidents and breaches.

About the Data Protection Guide

The 2015 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide was created with the help of SiteLock and over 100 other security and privacy experts. Attendees of OTA’s Data Privacy & Protection Day Town Halls also contributed to the guide, which include representatives from top government agencies such as the FBI, FTC, and State Attorney General’s Offices.

The guide begins by examining data breaches throughout 2014, and found that over 90% of all data breaches could have been prevented throughout the past year, with a 91% increase in targeted attacks. Furthermore, 37% of all data breaches were caused by an insider within the company.

To reduce and mitigate data breaches and their associated damages, OTA’s guide includes:

  • Tips for communicating appropriate data breach notifications and responses, including sample notification templates
  • A data lifecycle overview, explaining how to properly secure collected data
  • Steps for creating an incident response team by establishing a vendor/law enforcement relationship and creating response plans
  • A list of encryption resources, cyber insurance considerations and forensics basics

Read the OTA’s 2015 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide, which also includes additional statistics on the current state of cyber security, in its entirety. Then contact SiteLock to start building the right security solution for your website.