My daughter, who’s nearly 19 years old, thought that she’d lost her passport. For three days in a state of panic she looked in all the places she might have put it and the specific place she thought she put it.

She isn’t travelling abroad any time soon but having to mop up after losing it didn’t fill her with joy, nor me for that matter as I’d likely have to buy the new one.

A similar thing happened to me a few years ago when I thought I’d lost my driving licence. I spent two days looking for it and then cancelled it and had to obtain a new one. Of course, like my daughters passport my driving licence was safely stored where it should have been, in my wallet, and her passport was in her desk drawer. At least she found it before cancelling it.

What’s the point of my stories?

The point is that keeping safe your valuables is very important. Losing a passport is a serious matter and a company losing it’s data due to a breach is different but the heart sinking feeling you’ll get when you realise you’ve been breached will be much the same, only much worse.

In my previous blog entitled Plan B. An in-depth analysis of securing your data and your reputation, I highlighted that organisations must consider the consequences of a breach. No perimeter or filtering solutions are ever going to be 100% foolproof, so securing the data with encryption and storing the keys in specialist hardware is an absolute must.

Many reputations have been lost, and many sleepless nights have been endured, so now is as good a time as any to look at Plan B.

Call me. Tony Pullon, 01473 281211 or contact [email protected]

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