A new threat is looming as we enter the digital age of connected vehicles and increased technology throughout dealerships. With the abundance of sensitive and confidential information made readily available, comes the risk of cyberattacks and data breaches. Hackers can strike anywhere at any time. It can happen when you least expect it or without knowing. If you’re not adequately prepared, the consequences of a company-wide data breach can be devastating to both your business and your customers. It can compromise your dealership’s reputation and lead to your customers losing trust in your business. The aftermath of a major breach can also lead to thousands lost in revenue and legal fees, creating one massive headache for everyone affected.
When a customer decides to do business with your dealership, they trust you to safeguard the confidential information they provide such as social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses and even credit card numbers. Gone are the days of low-tech security systems and easy-to-remember passwords, which are no match for an experienced and sophisticated cyberhacker. Cybercriminals can easily hack into your accounts and data systems and steal confidential information if you are not adequately protected.
Implementing additional cybersecurity measures in your dealership can seem daunting and overwhelming. Where do you start? How can you properly guard the most vulnerable information your business handles in this tech-driven world?
Consider signing up for an all-encompassing data breach protection plan that includes protection from identity theft and data breaches for your dealerships, employees, customers and families. With pre-breach protection and preparedness services such as complete package ID theft protection and monitoring for dealership owners, employees and members of their immediate family sharing the same address, dark web breach alert monitoring, dark web business credential monitoring, and breach prevention and data security education and training, your dealership will be prepared for almost any cybersecurity threat that may strike.
To guarantee the best value for your dollar, try to seek out a protection plan that also includes breach response services such as breach notification service (instant postal or email notifications to victims), two-year breach victim identity recovery and monitoring services, black market monitoring for victims, 24/7/365 breach response center to report breach events, breach response coordination service, call center coordination service, legal referral service, law enforcement coordination service, and more.
At a low annual cost to your dealership, a data breach and identity theft protection plan such as this will pay for itself and then some in the event your dealership is compromised. By implementing this protection, your customers and employees can remain confident in their decision to work with you and will continue to view you as a reputable dealer and employer. Taking measures to increase your dealership’s cybersecurity will increase your credibility and give your location a competitive edge over other dealers. Be proactive when it comes to your cybersecurity. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get ahead of the game and arm your dealership with the necessary protection to tackle even the most challenging data breaches.