Data breaches can ruin your business, especially if you have a small business or a startup. But do you even know where data breaches come from or how to prevent them? What if I told you that 63% of data breaches are not directly related to anything the breached company did, but rather were related to whom they trusted and shouldn’t have? That’s right, the majority of data breaches come from issues with third-party vendors. Luckily there are steps you can take to mitigate this risk.

Third party vendors can have certifications in place to prevent data breaches and other issues. If you are contracting with a billing service or mailing company to send out bills or appointment reminders, you want to be sure they are certified to handle your company’s sensitive data properly. In order to ensure HIPAA compliance look for companies that are HITRUST certified, not just who tell you they are HIPAA compliant. There are other certifying industries depending on the field in which you are working. Learn more about preventing data breaches through third-party professional certifications from this infographic!