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How To Prevent Major Data Breaches

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Daliah Okoro
Daliah Okoro
June 22, 2016

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 crucial, it is often that companies 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 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 relatively 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 was 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 modern security systems installed is essential 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 excellent option as you can have your company protected in a way that is right for you.

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