It is hard to go very long in the world of business without hearing some reference to data security. However, while everyone can agree that it is important, it is often that businesses do not take enough precautions as they should. It is easy to think that a data breach could never happen to one’s own company but unfortunately, this is not the case. Within the last year, there have been major security breaches at various businesses across the nation. For all of these breaches, the attacks could have been prevented if stronger security measures had been used.
It does not matter what kind of business you are in, any type of company can fall victim to hackers. For example, there were a string of security breaches that occurred to the world of healthcare providers with companies such as Anthem Inc. and UCLA Health Systems being attacked in relative quick succession. With Anthem Inc. their security measures were not up to date and in the case of UCLA Health Systems, their patient data was not even encrypted at all. If tighter security measures had been in place, it is possible that these breaches could have been prevented. As a result of companies not cracking down on security measures, personal information such as social security numbers, dates of births, names, as well as sensitive medical information were found. Other companies such as Verizon, Home Depot, and Target all had their systems hacked. Collectively, over 7 million individuals had personal information breached from trusted agencies. While all this is unfortunate, there are things you can do to prevent situations like this from happening in the future.
Getting the most up-to-date security systems installed is extremely important in order to prevent data breaches. Hackers are coming up with new bugs just as quickly as security companies are fixing them. As a result, it is of the utmost importance that you have your systems updated frequently. Customizing your security approach is another great option as you can have your company protected in a way that is right for you.
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Preventing Data Breaches
Getting the most up-to-date security systems installed and Customizing your security approach are a couple of the things you must do to prevent major Data Breaches!
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Cybercrime is one of the biggest security threats facing small businesses today. As nationwide companies are being hacked however, it is becoming more and more apparent that businesses need to make cyber security a major concern. Here is how to protect your business from cybercrime.
One major way that you can keep your business and sensitive information safe is by encrypting your data. Filesystems, across-the-wire transfers and stored data are examples of all the things that should be encrypted. When you encrypt sensitive data, it makes it much harder for hackers to get ahold of information. In the long run, your business will be better for it. Another practice you should adopt in your business model is to secure your the websites that you use from man-in-the-middle attacks, or, MITM and malware infections. MITM attacks is when a third party connector secretly relays and sometimes even alters communication between two parties. Using SSL’s, or secure sockets layer, which creates encrypted links help to secure you from such attacks. Other things you can do is set the secure flag for all session cookies and to scan your website for malware daily. In addition, hackers change their techniques quickly, which is a reason it seems that so many security updates occur so often. While it may be easy to ignore these updates, it is vital that you continually keep your security system up to date. Updates usually include the latest security measures, especially against areas that may have been the most vulnerable to hackers.
While it is important to keep your business’ data secure so personal and sensitive information is not leaked, another reason you would want to avoid an attack is because of the financial cost. In fact, in 2014, the average cost of a data breach for on organization was $5.9 million. For a general data breach, it was an estimated cost of $201 per compromised record. For many, a small business simply cannot absorb this kind of loss. This is why it is important to make sure your business is secure security threats.
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Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats and issues in small businesses today. One major way that you can keep your business and sensitive information safe is by encrypting your data.
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