As professional hackers flexed their muscles, September turned out to be the cruelest month for all those who trusted their data to the World Wide Web. Over 5 million Gmail users and an untold number of celebrities lost sleep over hacked usernames, passwords and photographs which were not meant for the public eye; while customers of Target and Home Depot (to name some targets of the cyber-attacks) were jolted to know that their credit and debit card data was breached.
Today, most people enjoy the flexibility of having their data, be it official or personal, in the cloud. We champion the flexibility offered by anywhere, anytime data and take advantage of various services from across global locations. Are we also aware of the potential threat of allowing unauthorized access to our customer data, as was painfully learned by many banks, hospitals and other organizations? These cybercrimes have gone well beyond the geeky high school kid that hacks into corporate systems just for bragging rights. Today, they are perpetrated by syndicates, or by a team of one or two individuals with the required knowledge and expertise.
We discuss some of the causes for such data breaches and how you can protect your organization from a possible breach, by securing your data. :
In developing a data security plan and program, each organization needs to weigh the potential impact of a security breach against the costs associated with the controls put in place. Some possible losses from data breach could include business disruption, cost of response, loss of customer loyalty due to the negative publicity, damage to reputation and potential litigation and the liabilities ensuing from them.
The most important thing to remember is to never to feel secure – as security for online data is a moving target.
Mail (will not be published) (required)
seven − = 6
Thanks for Subscribing to DCR Blog.