Preventing Security Breaches
There have been many large security breaches in the past few years, including such huge corporations as JP Morgan, Home Depot and Target. According to a report published by Ponemon Institute in September of 2014, almost half of all U.S. companies experienced a security breach of some kind in the past year. On top of that, an Identity Theft Resource Center report found more security attacks in the U.S. in 2014 than in any previous year. What can be done to prevent the release of potentially sensitive information? There are several precautions that can make a big difference when it comes to security breaches. Three of the most important are keeping software up-to-date, securing your network and properly training your employees.
Keep Software Up-to-date
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Secure Your Network
During late 2014, the State Department revealed that hackers had breached its unclassified email system. While the government claims that no sensitive information was lost, we have to wonder: why wasn’t this “unclassified” network encrypted with the same strength as its other networks?
Securing networks by password protecting them and encrypting them is another easy way to avoid data breaches. Hackers are far more likely to take advantage of “low hanging fruit” than battle with proper encryption and high quality passwords.
Train Your Employees
A recently released report from computing giant IBM attributes some 95% of IT security breaches to human error. It simply does not matter how amazingly secure a network is if the people accessing it are unaware of their role in maintaining that network’s security.
The single most important thing one can do to increase the security of a system is properly screen and train the people who will be operating it. Simple subjects, such as “what constitutes a secure password” and “how to identify phishing attacks” can seriously cut down on the amount of human error that occurs in any given workplace.
In closing, there are many things one can do to increase the security of a business network. Things as simple as properly training employees, updating software on a regular basis and securing all networks appropriately all go a long way towards increasing the security of those networks.
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Pokemon Institute, Is Your Company Ready for a Big Data Breach? The Second Annual Study on Data Breach Preparedness (2014, September 15). Retrieved July 3, 2015.