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Learn From Mistakes Resulting From Data Breach Incidents

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By: Ugra Narayan Pandey

June 24, 2018

The sudden of occurrence of data breaches in the Internet world gives a direct call for safety violation prevention. These incidents occur when an individual tries to cross the boundaries of confidential IT in an illegal way. Such situations lead to cyber hacking of unauthorized networks, services, applications, and secret information. Severe disasters like bankruptcy and destruction of an organization’s reputation in the IT field are caused by information leakage incidents.

Now a question arises: What actually causes cloud security breaches? Well, let's keep one thing very clear: These information leakages are not only intentionally made by hackers, but they are also caused by a few human mistakes. These careless, innocent, and silly mistakes lead to security violations that also occur without any prior warning. In this blog, we are going to describe all the mistakes that are involved in data breach occurrences.

Mistake#1: Device Theft and Loss

When portable devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc. get lost, they result in 3.3% of confirmed information leakages and 15.3% of overall incidents. Human beings unintentionally keep their devices in public places or vehicles, creating higher chances of losing gadgets from theft. Most of these cases happen in public areas and are opportunistic for the hackers.

Access to a person’s confidential videos, files, images, and business files can get into the wrong hands if these devices get stolen. This means that employees should never ever travel with their portable devices without IT security measures in place. These measures will help in securing device data even if they are in the wrong hands.

Mistake#2: Document-Related Errors

System files or user-created files with associated errors can lead to data breach incidents. A few mistakes that enterprises or its employees make are

  • Forwarding confidential information without giving prior notice to business authorities
  • Publishing private or secret enterprise content on public web servers
  • Either with intention or without any intention, disposing of secret work data

All these incidents are caused either accidentally or due to the presence of internal threats within a firm. When a cloud security data breach takes place, attackers can utilize all of the stolen information for blackmailing purposes to gain money or to get revenge against the firm by destroying it. They can also use bank account details and other financial files related to the breached data.

Mistake#3: Weak and Stolen Credentials

Hacking of a server or online storage is one of the biggest cloud security attacks. Basically, it occurs through weak account passwords or lost credentials. All the IT employees who work with password-protected documents and applications should properly take precautions. These precautions need to be implemented at the time of unlocking password-protected files. Be more conscious when enterprise assets are comprised of secret data.

Security Tip:  Do not ever use the ‘Remember Password’ option when you are working with public PCs like those in cyber cafes. This tip will prevent accessing of private accounts even if the cyber cafe systems get hacked.

Always remember to close the password-protected files after you're finished working with them. Avoid writing the passwords on system notepads or in email clients, and try to remember them by memory. This is recommended because even if an email client or PC is accessed by an attacker, he or she will be unable to acquire the passwords of your accounts and other password-protected information.

At the time of creating a password, remember that it is a multi-character password. It should consist of symbols, numbers, and upper-case and lower-case letters. One can apply the Bruce Schneier Method, which is one of the preferred methods of experts to create a strong password.

Mistake#4: Internet/Web Spyware

Are you aware of the fact that around 50% of data breach incidents occur due to information misuse by employees? Either unwittingly or maliciously, employees who click on pop-up browsers or install malicious software on their PCs give direct entry to spyware on the PCs.

Note:  Spyware is a type of computer malware, and it enters a PC without any notice to its owner and gathers all the private information present in it. This malware can either be on a malicious hard drive available on your system or in files downloaded from the Web. Spyware could also be present in unauthorized Internet searches.

There is a high risk of data leakage with spyware, but there are ways to prevent it. These ways include

  • Using a PC virus scanner on your computer
  • Avoiding working with malicious websites on the Web
  • Not downloading illegal files/software from the Web

A spy trap should be implemented in the list of business cloud security measures to filter out all the working systems.

Be Safe From Data Breaches with CloudCodes

Every year, a number of cloud data security breaches takes place. Protection is in the hands of both CSPs and businesses. So, keep your business information secure by adopting CASB solutions that are easily available in the online market. These solutions fill all the holes from which data breaches can take place. Several cloud data protection methods are programmed in these solutions to enable businesses to work securely with cloud computing technology. Several CASB solution providers are available in the market, and one such provider is CloudCodes. It provides all the measures, depending on the business’s categories, to enable customers to be safe from content leakage disasters.

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