One of the biggest threats to your New Jersey business these days is a hacker getting your customer information. People who shop with you want to know that you keep their information safe and that nobody can get their hands on it who is not authorized to do so. As a business owner, you are responsible for protecting their information. It is essential that you take certain steps to secure your business files and information systems.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, protecting customer information starts with developing a solid and secure system in which to store it. You need to limit access to the information. Make sure only those people who must access it have the authority to do so. You also need to know what information you have on file. Get rid of any extra information you do not need. You should never collect data from a customer if you have no use for it. That just creates more opportunities for issues should your system be compromised.

You also want to get rid of information in a secure and safe way when you no longer need it. Do not hold onto information just for the sake of having it. If you do not need it, then remove it from your system.

Finally, you want to develop a good plan for how you will handle a breach of your system should one occur. Customers may not be happy with a breach, but knowing that you have a plan in place and can act quickly will help to retain their trust in you and stop the hacker in his or her place. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.