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How to Prevent a Cyber Breach

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

In the age of the internet and mobile devices, it is critical for an employer and HR to minimize the risk of cyber breaches and take concrete steps to protect digitally maintained confidential information in the form of trade secrets and proprietary information as well as confidential information belonging to employees and customers. Data breaches can be extremely costly in terms of time, money and resources and may also tarnish an employer's public image and reputation. An employer needs to be concerned not only about threats from outside and third parties, but also employees who act in either a negligent or malicious manner. The following are steps an employer and HR can take to protect confidential information and guard against cyber breaches.