If outsiders somehow get inside your network, it won’t be pleasant — no matter what. However, you can minimize the potential damage of such a breach by thinking ahead about which assets an attacker would be most interested in and then beefing up their security. Here’s what to focus on:
1. Personal data
This is one of the most sought-after types of information for cybercriminals. First, personal data (be it that of clients or employees) gives great leverage for extortion. Publication of such information can lead not only to loss of reputation and lawsuits from victims, but also to problems with regulators (who in regions with strict laws on PII processing and storage can impose heavy fines). Second, the dark web market for personal data is considerable — allowing hackers to try to monetize it there.