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Checklists: Step-by-Step Guide to Protect Your Business Data

The surprising truth about data breaches is that many are preventable. That's great news for small-business owners, but it means that if you want to take data security seriously, there's work to do.

Human errors and employee mistakes account for nearly one-third of all data breaches. So you'll need to implement security training and IT procedures that minimize employee mistakes.

Not only can many data breaches be prevented, but the cost of a data breach can be limited by the work you do today to prepare for a breach. For instance, studies show that simply having a data breach plan can reduce the cost of a data breach by 9 percent.

Take a look at the checklists in this section to address your data security needs now and in the future.