Most businesses believe they are making a valiant effort to protect their data. However, the opposite is often true. A report covering a single year revealed more than 250 business breaches, exposing the sensitive information of 22 million people. What's even more alarming is that most of these incidents were preventable. Make sure your business isn't making a mistake that may be putting your records at risk.
Overlooking In-House Breaches
Don't overlook the fact that in-house breaches can and do occur. In many instances, an in-house breach can be more detrimental than an outside attack. Some companies spend much of their effort focusing on an outside intruder, leaving the door wide open for an employee to take advantage of this weak area. Put just as much effort toward your in-house security.
The best way to achieve this is with a layered security system that requires employees to gain authorization before accessing certain areas. A single employee should never have access to the entire system. Limiting access makes it more challenging to walk away with important data.
In this day and age, it's important to understand that there is no such thing as bad data. It doesn't matter if your records include the social security numbers of recently deceased individuals. This information can still be used for illegal purposes. When a business believes that the information they have isn't of value to a hacker and they don't focus on security as a result, they basically leave the door wide open.
Even if your data records don't include social security numbers, but names and address of individuals, understand that all data can be used, so you need to protect everything.
Failing To Test
Nothing is invincible. This statement is particularly true when it comes to technology. It's great to have a system in place for protecting your data, but if you aren't testing this system periodically, you will have no way of really knowing if it's effective or if there is a glitch in the system.
It's best to set a testing plan in place to examine the effectiveness of your security system. How frequently this testing needs to be performed will vary between organizations. However, the larger the database, the more often this step should be performed.
Don't leave your business vulnerable to an attack. A data protection firm such as Silent Security 1 can help you avoid these mistakes to ensure your records are protected.Share
30 June 2016
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