What Causes a Data Breach?

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

SQL injection is one of the most common types of data breach and is responsible for almost 65 percent of software application attacks.

FREMONT, CA: One could believe that hacker attacks are the primary cause of data breaches, security violations, and data loss. In truth, SQL injections are not used in every data breach. A considerable portion of these accidents is caused by employee negligence, which hackers can take advantage of. Following are some of the most frequent data breach techniques.

SQL Injection (SQLi)

Hackers can commit a database security breach by introducing malicious code into the Structured Query Language (SQL), a domain-specific programming language used for database management. It is one of the most common types of data breach. According to one report, SQL injections were responsible for almost 65 percent of software application attacks. The attacker can get administrative privileges to databases and access protected information if suitable security preventive measures are not taken.

Personal Devices

People save corporate information and login credentials on their smartphones, tablets, and PCs, and these devices are easy to misplace, infect with malware, or steal. Data retrieval from personal devices is far easier than overcoming layers of corporate data protection controls, as one might think. As a result, even firms with top-tier data breach prevention are vulnerable to a data leak resulting from employee negligence.

Phishing Websites and Emails

Phishing websites—URLs disguised as reputable platforms—allow users to download malware and spyware. It happens when employees open infected emails from unknown senders, allowing hackers access to critical information. Users who do not know how to protect themselves from data breaches may be unaware that their system has been compromised and those hackers have access to important information. Hackers can spread ransomware using phishing emails and websites. It is a kind of malware that infects and encrypts sensitive data, rendering it unavailable until a ransom is paid. Even so, no one can guarantee that one will receive all of the confidential information.

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