Data Breach - Why is it Harmful and How Can it be Avoided

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, November 30, 2018

The cybersecurity breach survey has reported that in 2017, 46 percent of all UK businesses had at least reported one cybersecurity breach or attack. The figure has increased exponentially from 2016 when only 24 percent of the businesses reported one or more such cybersecurity breaches. Enterprises and companies are generally under a huge rush and they often forget about data security. In case of new businesses, a data breach can result from a varied set of reasons. Although, lots of organizations are a victim of a complex data hack, often is not the case.

Phishing emails are one of the most common causes of data breaches as 72 percent of businesses report that they have become the victim of cyber attacks through fraudulent emails. These breaches generally happen because an employee accidentally passing the data to someone else, or sometimes the data might also be taken by a former employee. A simple way to avoid this type of breach is to limit the access of sensitive data to the relevant team members and also to limit the access of the employees who are on leave.

Updating each and every system of an organization with necessary anti-virus and anti-malware software is one of the ways to prevent an organization from falling as a victim of data breach. Firewalls should also be put in place to prevent unauthorized access to the company’s network. Taking these precautionary measures can limit the hacker’s access, thus avoiding multiple security breaches.

Another method to avoid data breach is to identify if an organization is particularly vulnerable to any security attack. By conducting regular data tests and audits, the comp any can get proof that their data is secure. If not, they can take the necessary steps to minimize the breach. This can be achieved with the help of an information security management (ISM) system. An ISM manages all the security processes in one place. It also comes with a framework that helps organizations protect their data and sensitive information through effective technology, auditing, and testing practices.

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