As we know, multiple businesses log, record, and save our personal information in their databases. They tell us the data is safe. However, technology is constantly expanding, and with new technology comes new ways of hacking into seemingly secure data. Outdated devices, human error, the latest computer malware, and theft are all things that contribute to the possibility of a data breach. It's critical to ensure companies are well aware of the possibility of a data breach, to protect against them. No business wants to face the PR nightmare of being hacked.
Outdated devices and software will increase the risk of malware infections because devices are susceptible to vulnerabilities that older programs cannot stop. Usually, updated patches don't work with older systems because of a lack of memory or non-compatible OS software. Another issue is when using outdated technology does not meet the newest WIFI protocol standards. Meaning the device would not be receiving a secure connection, something hackers love to see. You make their job so much easier that way.
Human error is also a reason data breaches occur. It's not new info that humans are flawed and often let things slip through the cracks. A majority of times, these errors are not on purpose. However, that doesn’t excuse them from potentially wrecking a business. Some examples of these missteps are using weak passwords, falling for phishing scams, and sending sensitive information to the wrong recipient. You can avoid this with employee education and basic data security training.
Malware breaches can catch you off guard if you don't know what you're looking for. An antivirus will help patch vulnerabilities, but other forms of computer malware may still be lurking around. Plus, as mentioned before, with new technology comes new ways to hack your data. For example, a ‘packer’ is a type of computer malware that hides from your antivirus using the coding that compresses it. A ‘crypter’ creates altered and infected copies of a program. As soon as it's clicked on, it begins to decrypt. Polymorphic malware is computer malware that repeatedly uses packing and encrypting methods to change the way it looks. Finally, there are computer malware staging programs called ‘droppers’ or ‘downloaders.' These threats learn about your system and then infect it with real computer malware.
Physical theft is always a risk as well. Whether it is an employee or a stranger. Depending on the depth of your data stolen, the effect can be detrimental to a business. Especially if there is no backup data recovery set in place, data is lost forever. This vulnerability is hard to predict due to its opportunistic nature, but keeping items secured at all times can reduce these opportunities.
Are you guilty of any of these items? Knowing that will enable you to stay off a hacker’s radar and save your data. Knowledge is both power and prevention. If you are in need of help with your office database security, contact us today! We are here to assist.