Data privacy and security is a hot topic these days. We often hear stories in the press about how sensitive data gets hacked or misplaced. You might think that such issues may never happen to your business. But, the sad truth is that it’s something you should assume will happen to your firm some day.
There are many reasons why your business data isn’t as secure as you may have thought. As you are reading this blog post, it’s likely this is a topic that has you worried. The thing is; some data breaches aren’t as obvious as you may expect. Here’s what you need to look out for:
Deliberate data theft by employees
Your business will no doubt process a lot of data. Some of it may be to do with customers while others will be other commercially sensitive data. As part of their jobs, your workers will often have unrestricted access to such details.
You might not realize it, but data theft is often down to a disgruntled employee. For example, a worker may leak data as revenge for getting fired or demoted. Or they might not like your company’s ethics.
It’s crucial to put a policy in place that only gives data to employees on a “need to know” basis. Don’t give them carte blanche access to your sensitive data!
Do you run an e-commerce business? If so, your Web server will no doubt store a lot of customer data on your servers. You may even have a database where card details get stored for recurring payments.
As you can appreciate, there will always be a risk of website exploits. If you don’t patch any security holes on a regular basis, you risk getting hacked.
It’s worth considering some penetration testing for your website and Web applications. And you should also get that done on a frequent basis to prevent future security problems.
Unsecured wireless networks
Almost all workplaces have wireless Internet access. Many companies even have a BYOD (bring your own device) policy too. The trouble is; some businesses aren’t tech-savvy. They may set up wireless networks using default passphrases. Some might even use weak encryption (i.e. WEP).
Unsecured connections are perfect for what’s known as “man in the middle” attacks. This is where a hacker can analyze the data sent wirelessly and intercept it. Unencrypted data can often include password details, all available in plain text.
By using a strong encryption such as WPA2-AES, you can get rid of such risks.
Third-party service providers
Last, but not least, sensitive data can often end up in the wrong hands because of third parties. Convenience is big business in the online world. These days, it’s possible to use services using nothing more than a Facebook password.
If your account gets hacked, the hacker then has access to the third-party services you use. By securing login details, you can reduce the theft of data on third-party platforms.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post; I hope it’s been of use to you today.