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Measures Taken By Companies To Stop Data Breaches

150 150 Andrew Broberg

Data breaches have made a negative impact on our lives. No one is immune to these hacks unless we prepare arm ourselves with layers of protection. Imagine letting these hackers go unnoticed. It will surely have a ripple effect on both our personal lives and our economy. Aside from hitting the stock market, we will also be forced to monitor our online activities closely so we do not fall prey to cyber criminals.

It is inevitable for us to rely on modern technology. This is why data breaches become possible. Each day, we rely on mass quantities of interaction, internet-based storage and the like. The possibility of data breaches increases the more we connect and rely on data. Fortunately, many companies no longer remain complacent because hackers can strike anytime, anywhere. This means that the efforts of improving security standards have been taken. Preventive measures have also have put in place. As we always say, prevention is far better than cure. Here’s why companies must focus on preventive measures:

The Importance of Prevention

There is a great difference when companies take necessary measures to prevent a data breach from happening. One obvious reason to provide our organisation with increased data protection is to prevent spending hundreds of millions to repair the damages brought by data breaches. More often than not, we see companies more focused on cure than prevention. Worse, some of them are even investing in the wrong areas and it is already too late to discover that the organisation is vulnerable to hackers.

Companies should include the following preventive efforts:

Better Technology-The level of technology that most companies use can either protect or expose them to threats. There are companies that are satisfied with the minimum level of security and protection. Installing firewalls and antivirus software is not enough unless we opt for more sophisticated technology. We also need to keep in mind that it takes extra effort and time to invest in high levels of protection.

Employee Awareness-Hacks and breaches are not just due to forced entries. Some of them are due to human negligence and errors. Employees do play a vital role in making sure that hackers are not given the chance to make an entry. For instance, choosing a weak password and not developing a habit of changing it regularly will result in falling victim to phishing scam. This alone can put the entire company at risk. The good news is human errors are preventable. We need to educate our employees about the negative implication of choosing a weak password and how following best security practices can prevent breaches.

Response Plans-While we always put more emphasis on prevention rather than response, it is still important to have a back-up plan when all else fails. Having a breach response plan ensures that our company is prepared for any form of cyberattack. The response plans give our companies the direction for stopping the attack and preventing breaches from happening again.

 

Cyber Security: Is Your Network Compromise Ready?

150 150 Andrew Broberg

Technology continues to be on the rise and experts predict that there will be 200 billion connected things by 2020. It will continue to change the way we work, live, behave and interact. Can you imagine your life without technology?

According to Social Media Week, millennials alone check their phones 157 times a day while average adult checks their phone 30 times a day. This figure no longer comes as a surprise as we are living in the digital age. It is proof that most people heavily rely on their smartphones. This is why it is essential for technology to be always available. However, with cyber hackers on the look out for another hapless victim of their digital schemes, it is also important to have access to secure and protected technology.

High levels of security is needed not only by businesses but by anyone who uses technology. Whether you are an avid online shopper who uses your credit card for every online transaction or an e-commerce website owner, advanced layers of encryption is a need rather than a hype. Unfortunately, technology is vulnerable to hackers. As technology progresses, cybersecurity problems also continue to exist.

As cybersecurity threats  increase, educating people on how security is compromised should be a priority. Hackers, cyber criminals, cyber terrorists, nation states and hacktivists can attack your network at any given time.

Cloud technology provides an easier way for employees to gain access to information regardless of their location. More often than not, people access the database with shared passwords. If users are not properly educated about the risk of using easy-to-guess password or accessing the website through a public network, they are more likely to run the risk of becoming victim to data breach and cyber intrusion. Keep in mind that increasing cyber security is a shared responsibility. Aside from securing devices,  using strong and unique password is also crucial to improving your network’s level of security.

What can you do to protect your data?

Full Encryption: Organisations use portable devices to collaborate. However, when devices are lost or stolen, sensitive information may fall into the wrong hands. Full encryption of portable storage and devices ensures that sensitive information remains protected.

Awareness and Training on Data Security: Human error such as opening a company website on a public network or disposing of devices without removing sensitive data can contribute to the prevalence of cyberattack. Educating employees about the importance of data security teaches them how to handle sensitive information.

Maintain Security Policies and Procedures: Access rights and privileges must also be kept to a minimum to reduce the likelihood for human error and attacks. Organisations should make it a point to monitor users’ privileges to know which information should be accessed.