Just in time for the Halloween, I’m writing this post to share with you security horror stories that give you the creeps, 365 days in a year. IT executives are constantly battling these monsters that threaten the very safety of where their businesses are built. As mobility reshapes the way we live, work and play – one can only wonder how protected your data really is on the cloud. IT security will always feel like some slippery slope and with newer applications created each day come tremendous battles against privacy issues and data breach. Can IT experts truly catch up in keeping both devices and data secured?
IT Security Nightmares that Keep Tech Executives Up All Night
In a digital age where information is power and data is commodity, people and businesses’ valuable data are like apples ready for the picking. There are those who earn millions from buying and selling personal information in the black market. In fact, we hear stories of data breach from time to time that it sounds like the new normal these days. Just take for example this latest story affecting Experian and its users. Like many of us in the tech world, we’re constantly fighting against:
1. Human Error – It might surprise you that the biggest contributor to security risks is the human factor, of educating and training employees to keep their data and devices safe. Even with company data policies, complacency and misuse runs like a plague.
2. Theft – From mobile device theft where confidential data are stored to online identity theft, it poses greater risks to both individuals and businesses alike.
3. Application Monster – Thanks to the BYOD movement, people simply love downloading free apps to their smart phones without carefully reading the set of permissions they’re granting. That seemingly-harmless flashlight app may open a huge door to privacy violations if you’re not careful enough.
4. The Ghost Database – Those running multiple retail locations may feel overconfident about their database security that they might miss vulnerabilities on their servers. The last thing you want is a database of your customers’ unencrypted credit card numbers waiting to be exposed to unscrupulous hackers.
5. Backup Fail – Just because you can store and run almost anything on the cloud doesn’t mean you have to put your guard down. Keeping a backup of your data will always come in handy, just in case you accidentally lose them.
As they say, prevention is better than a cure. Make sure that your business is well-equipped with the right technology and quality IT security team to help you overcome these challenges. Better safe than sorry..