According to the latest research by the Breach Level Index, nearly 6 billion data records have been lost or stolen since 2013.
Even as organizations are working on cyber security technology, sensitive data are being compromised by hacker groups and careless data handling. The schemes for online threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated and more and more difficult to recognize. Over 90% of successful cyber attacks are executed using information stolen from unsuspecting employees who gave access to the hackers. You can protect your sensitive data by mitigating your cyber risk caused by human error.
Common errors include: unencrypted data files, clicking on or downloading malicious software/links, forgoing system updates, accidentally sharing data via email, and personal computers used for work being hacked or stolen.
So, what should you do? Make sure your employees have regular trainings and alerts if a new threat is identified. Many incidents occur from carelessness such as disposing of devices without first wiping data, and leaving computers or phones in unsecured locations where they are stolen. Training employees on your information security policies and procedures should be a part of the on-boarding process and included in periodic training. Second, require all devices and portable storage has full encryption. This will ensure that even if human error occurs, data will not be compromised. Third, your organization can substantially reduce their likelihood for human error causing a data security breach by implementing and enforcing policies and procedures that limit users’ privileges to information that they truly need access to.
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