Increasing Your Cyber-Security

Within recent years, the amount of cyber attacks that have befallen companies have significantly increased. The top two sectors that are having breaches include the healthcare and retail sectors. However, perhaps it may come as a surprise to find that the sector with the third highest incidents related to security breaches is the education center. Specifically, higher education with Universities and Colleges throughout the nation being targeted. This further necessitates the importance of cyber security.

Just last year, major breaches occurred at Pennsylvania State University, University of Connecticut, Washington State University, the University of Virginia and John Hopkins University. At all these schools, various information was stolen from credit card data, social security numbers, and even research information. It is likely that Universities are now being targeted because for the most part, schools are not aware that security is a problem or they are simply not catching holes in their security in time. In fact, in a recent study where Tinfoil Security tested the security networks of 557 state universities using a cross-site scripting attack, twenty-five percent of the school were vulnerable to an attack. Another reason that security breaches at Universities have been more successful than in other sectors is because often, Universities do not have strict control over the software and hardware that students and the faculty use. The difficulty increases when you consider that unlike many corporations, Universities cannot control the devices that people are bringing on campus.

Professionals suggest that there are still things that can be done to protect Universities and the students and faculty within them. They suggest that whatever limited resources schools might have for Cyber-Security is focused on protecting the most sensitive information. Another good place to start is by getting the Universities to acknowledge that cyber-attacks are a real threat in the first place. If this is the case, it is likely that more of the budget will be used for security, which will do more good in the long run.

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Tips to Protect your Organization from a Data Breach!

One of the most important things that you can do for your business or organization is to protect it from data breaches. Cyber security threats includes any unauthorized access to information or unauthorized sharing or changing of information. Organizations have a large amount of personal information stored on databases so protecting this information is extremely important. Here are ways for businesses to protect private data and avoid breaches.

The first thing you should do is create a data loss protection plan. When this is implemented, everyone will be on the same page regarding data security. Make sure employees are educated on how to handle sensitive information. Consider creating a protocol that employees must follow when working with sensitive information. Where are employees when accessing this information? Are they at work or at home? Is the data scattered over a wide range of devices or is it localized? Who has access to what information? Is there a clear way to document who is accessing what information and for how long? Consider creating secure networks where employees can only gain access at certain places. Another way to protect information is to store all data in encrypted databases.

If you are worried about the amount of sensitive information employees may have access to, it may be a good idea to go through all information and remove unnecessary sensitive data. Is it required that all information be accessible? If not, remove what is unnecessary so that only vital information remains. It is also a good idea to limit the amount of employees that have access to all sensitive information. Finally, ensure that strong passwords are being used. Strong passwords should have 15 or more characters, consist of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols in a random sequence. Following these tips can help ensure the safety of your organization from a data breach.

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The Importance of Data Security

With the amount of personal information that businesses collect through client information, personal files, payment information, bank account details etc., data security is extremely important. If this personal information is leaked, it cannot only cause damage to the clients but it will also sully your company’s reputation. The good news is that your company can keep this information safe from hackers or malware infections. Here are some reasons that data security is important.

With proper data security, you will be able to prevent data breaches. You can avoid disclosure of client information; not only is this important to your clients but it also will save your company money as data breaches are costly incidents to repair. Not only will data security help to prevent breaches, it will also ensure the integrity of your data. This means that outside sources will be unable to make any unauthorized changes to the data including data structures, logs, and configuration files. With data integrity, you will be able to have complete visibility over the trends and patterns of your data, which help keep information secure. Data security and privacy go hand in hand. Data security can prevent the disclosure of sensitive information by make the information unidentifiable with the client. Data security will mask this data found in applications, databases, and reports.

Data security will also protect from physical threats such as power outages, fires, malicious data, or theft. Be sure to have a plan of attack when it comes to each of these things. Other things that should be considered to maintain data security are who is allowed access to information, who has access to email systems and the internet in your company, and who is restricted from information. Are passwords used and how will they be maintained? The type of firewalls and anti-malware you use are also important. These are just a few reasons that data security is important for your company.

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Views on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

With our growing dependency on technology and with the amount of personal information that is shared over the Internet, it is no wonder that protecting this information from cyber threats and hacking has become one of the government’s utmost priorities. In a recent attempt to be more capable of meeting cyber attacks head on, the government approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) earlier this year. This act would allow for private companies to share cyberthreat data with the US government. The idea behind the act being that if the government can have more information on how companies are being hacked, they will be able to better safeguard against future attacks. However, a growing number of security experts have expressed their concerns about the act passed to protect cyber information; many saying that the act will be more likely to infringe on the privacy of citizens than on protecting them from hacking incidents.

The data that would be shared with the government would consist of sensitive information that would consist of personally identifiable information. This information would be shared with offices such as the Department of Justice, the Director of National Intelligence, and Department of Homeland Security. Those against the bill point out that this information could end up as yet another way for the NSA to have surveillance on citizens. Instead of using the information to created better security systems, it would instead be used for a variety of reasons such as identifying terrorists, prosecuting normal criminal offenses etc. Since the act allows the government to retain, disclose, and use any of the data they receive from the CISA, opponents argue that the information could create dangerous incentives for government officials to use the information for criminal investigations under false premises. In addition, many wonder if the government will be able to efficiently keep track of all the information they receive as the offices of government are not as effective as sharing information among themselves. If the CISA is to help protect against cyber attacks as it was initially intended to do, than the government must first come up with a more efficient way to share the information that they receive.

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How Data Destruction Protects Your Data Security

Data destruction has become an essential part of planning for the future, in businesses of all sizes, scales and industries. Creating proper plans for the treatment of sensitive information at the end of its working life is integral to protecting its security, as well as the confidence of the customers and the legal position of the brand. Data stored physically on hard disks, memory sticks or on CDs can be both physically and electronically destroyed. Different methods are appropriate for people with differing levels of security risk: for instance, many businesses simply need their data to be overwritten sufficiently that it makes the original content illegible. More sensitive information kept on hard drives might need them to be physically shattered in order to prevent anyone else accessing the drive. Once data is deleted, it cannot be accessed easily by the computer software or application. Unless it is destroyed, though, it has not been totally removed and with effort could likely be retrieved. Unfortunately, the people most likely to be exerting themselves in recovering this information are those who would use it for criminal intent.

There are two areas where data destruction offers particular benefits to security. The most obvious of these is in its cover against fraud. When old electrical items are disposed of, many find their way to recycling plants or rubbish areas. There is a large business in shipping these older items out to less economically developed countries, where enterprising individuals found that they could make more money from breaking down a computer into its constituent parts for resale as metal and circuitry than as a working device. From here, others started to work at recovering information on these old devices to use fraudulently. A large proportion of electronic devices today have a memory which could contain vast quantities of personal data, from telephone numbers, address and birth dates through to banking details and company files or identification codes.

Secondly, companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that their customer’s data is protected and disposed of in the correct manner. For most businesses, this means that simple deletion would not be enough. For the most secure data destruction services, please contact West Coast Computer Recycler for your needs. Destruction thus also protects from any claims of malpractice in this way.