Data Breach — What This Means for You?

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Data Breach — A Closer Look

Data Breach seems to be the buzzword as of late, but what does that honestly mean? Businesses, governments, and individuals alike can experience huge complications from having sensitive information exposed. Did you know, whether you are online or offline, hackers can get to you through the internet, Bluetooth, text messages, or other online services that you use. Hackers are relentless!

What is a Data Breach?

A data breach exposes confidential, sensitive, or protected information to an unauthorized person. The files in a data breach are viewed and/or shared without permission.

In general, data breaches happen due to weaknesses in:

  • Technology
  • User behavior
  • Overall Security Profile


Technology is Fantastic, but!

As our computers and mobile devices get more connective features, there are more places for hackers to slip through and access your data. New technologies are being created faster than we can protect them. Devices in the IoT sector are proof that we are increasingly valuing convenience over security.

Many smart home products have gaping flaws, like a lack of encryption, and hackers are taking advantage. Since new digital products, services, and tools are being used with minimal security testing, we’ll continue to see this problem grow. However, even if the backend technology was set up perfectly, some users will likely still have poor digital habits. All it takes is one person to compromise a website or network.

Without comprehensive security at both the user and enterprise levels, you are almost guaranteed to be at risk.

Protecting yourself and others starts with understanding how a data breach occurs.


How do Data Breaches happen?

The assumption is that a data breach is caused by an outside hacker, but that’s not always true. Reasons for how data breaches happen might sometimes be traced back to intentional attacks. However, it can just as easily result from a simple oversight by individuals or flaws in a company’s infrastructure.

Did you know? A large number of businesses don’t know exactly what data they have, where it is, or even who has access to it.


Cybersecurity at a glance:

Despite all the warnings and high-profile breaches, most individuals and small to medium sized business owners still push cybersecurity to the back burner. The need for better cyber-hygiene is evident from using stronger passwords, patching software, employing multi-factor authentication, and many other important security steps. If only we took our cyber-health as seriously as we should, especially during these times.

Take a look as some of the recent statistics:

78% Lack Confidence in Their Company’s Cybersecurity Posture 78% Lack Confidence in Their Company’s Cybersecurity Posture, Prompting 91% to Increase 2021 Budgets (yahoo.com)

On average, only 5% of companies’ folders are properly protected. 2019 Global Data Risk Report | Varonis

Nearly 80% of senior IT and IT security leaders believe their organizations lack sufficient protection against cyberattacks…, according to a new IDG Research Services survey commissioned by Insight Enterprises “Just 57% conducted a data security risk assessment in 2020.” 78% Lack Confidence in Their Company’s Cybersecurity Posture, Prompting 91% to Increase 2021 Budgets (yahoo.com)

Data breaches have lasting financial effects on hospitals, report suggests “More than 90 percent of all healthcare organizations reported at least one security breach in the last three years.” Data breaches have lasting financial effects on hospitals, report suggests (beckershospitalreview.com)

Identity theft spikes amid pandemic “The US Federal Trade Commission received 1.4 million reports of identity theft last year, double the number from 2019” Identity theft spikes amid pandemic | WeLiveSecurity

 

So what can be done?

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Cyber Risk is complex and can’t be determined comprehensively without using a combination of tools and techniques.

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