No matter what business you’re in, you need to protect your customers’ data. Each industry has its own rules and regulations, and if you fail to comply with them, you could face a serious legal challenge. One way to overcome this is to use Cisco DUO. As compliance software that can secure the needs of every industry, Cisco DUO is adaptable and seamlessly integrates with all your applications. If you’re looking for a reliable way to achieve compliance in your industry, it’s time to learn more about the ways DUO can work.

Protecting login access in the education sector

Throughout the United States, students and faculty rely on the cloud to support their academic pursuits. Using cloud technology, they can access files and execute their work from anywhere. 

In order to access their emails, online books, and essay submission services, students need usernames and passwords. So do the staff who are educating them. Cisco Duo integrates with the software that academic institutions depend on to protect usernames and passwords. At present, more than 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States use it.

One way DUO proves particularly effective in the education sector is by regulating BYOD policies. Students often rely on tablets, laptops, and cellphones to access the information they need. DUO screens each application to make sure it uses the latest software. If a device doesn’t use the latest software, it’s a security risk and Cisco DUO won’t grant access.

Medical place with a laptop and patient information

Securing patient data in the healthcare world

It could be argued that healthcare is the industry with the biggest need for data protection. Patients trust the medical staff with information that they wouldn’t want others to have access to. Additionally, they expect their healthcare team to store their data in a way that allows for a seamless treatment experience.

In April 2019, two breaches alone exposed data on more than 100,000 patients. When a patient entrusts your staff with their information, they do so in the hopes that it won’t go elsewhere. One way to achieve this is by limiting who can access patient data. Making sure that only relevant personnel can access patient data reduces the risk of breaches. It also ensures you remain HIPAA compliant.

Cisco DUO takes the headaches that come with verifying doctors’ identities and speeds the process up. Physicians can self enroll with DUO and verify their identity using a few security questions. In addition to safeguarding patient information access, this service makes it harder for others to issue electronic prescriptions using a physician’s information. As a result, your organization is compliant and safe, without slowing your physicians’ working practices down.

Securing customer data in the retail industry

When you work in the retail industry, you probably allow your customers to make purchases online. In addition to boosting your revenue, it makes their lives more convenient. In your bricks and mortar store, you likely use Point of Sale (PoS) equipment. Again, the speed of the transactions is financially beneficial for you while convenient for your customers.

If your customer makes a transaction using their card online or with a PoS device, they’re trusting you with their data. That means you have a duty to protect that data. Losing a customer’s data through poor cybersecurity defenses could result in a significant fine, as well as irreparable damage to your reputation. A startling 33% of United States consumers have experienced identity theft at some stage in their lives.

DUO keeps your reputation and your customers safe by using features such as two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication significantly reduces the likelihood of an unauthorized person gaining access to the data you hold. Additionally, Cisco DUO uses advanced user access policies to check the safety of third-party applications. As a result, you won’t need to worry whether a third-party application could cause the data breach you’re dreading.

Keeping business data secure

Regardless of what business you’re in, there are dozens of reasons to keep your data secure. Protecting your intellectual property should be one of your top priorities. If you’re collaborating on a project with other businesses, you have a duty to protect the information you share.

According to some statistics, 90% of data breaches are due to human error. In addition to educating your staff, you need to make sure you have robust technologies in place to protect your business data.

Cisco DUO uses trusted access to limit the risk of human error causing a breach within your business. It ensures only trusted users and devices can gain access to systems. So if a member of your workforce does lose their login credentials and someone else finds them, it’s unlikely that the device they’re using will be trusted.

With trusted access, you can prevent savvy modern attackers from stealing credentials. Alongside educating your workforce on staying safe, it’s a dependable way to make sure your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

90% of data breaches are due to human error

Protecting clients’ legal data

Alongside industries such as medicine and banking, the legal world is shrouded in secrecy. When you fail to remain compliant in some states, you may lose your ability to practice law altogether.

The American Bar Association outlines professional conduct rules that prevent lawyers from disclosing client information. Although you wouldn’t do so intentionally, taking a lax approach to data security could result in an indirect breach that results in you being disbarred.

DUO helps you prevent client data disclosure in a number of ways. Its trusted user access and trusted device settings are robust. It also protects every application you use across your devices with secure single sign-on. As a result, you can still enjoy the benefits of remote access, without placing your clients’ information at risk.

With DUO, you can remain compliant across a range of industries. From practicing lawyers through to prescribing doctors, DUO has a unique solution for every industry.