An ever-growing number of organisations are getting worried about data breaches. Don’t fixate too hard on the cinematic idea of cunning hackers infiltrating your computers with sinister purpose; the range of threats against your systems and data is broader than you might imagine.
This wide-ranging survey of data threats is intended to expand your horizons and get you thinking about some of the most likely data breach scenarios your organisation needs to consider. Data protection officer services in the UK can help, but you first need to know what risks they can help with.
1) Human Error
From the most secure government system to the humblest small business, the greatest data breach threat is always the same: ordinary human error.
A distressing number of data breaches come down to a single individual exposing sensitive information by failing to follow procedures – or by acting rashly in a situation where an organisation has no data security procedures. A simple example that’s all too common is the accidental release of a mailing list. If an employee puts a list of recipients into the CC field instead of the BCC field, every recipient gets a look at every email address on the list. This can be embarrassing if all the members of a marketing newsletter now have each other’s contact information. The problem can turn into a disaster if the common theme uniting the recipients is something more sensitive, like political affiliation or sharing a medical condition.
2) Social Engineering
This is a type of malicious attack that is so common and so insidious that it deserves consideration ahead of movie-type hacking. The perpetrators will masquerade as people who might conceivably be entitled to the data they’re after. Then they will attempt to coax an authorised user to break data security without … Read More ...Read More