October 1, 2015
Technology has never been as advanced as it is today and, similarly, never before has our society put so much trust in technology as we currently do. This trust is also driven by huge companies: banks, schools or universities, that are slowly moving everything they do to the digital world.
This shift is causing businesses to really trust that their information is safe online, including very sensitive and important information like bank accounts, passwords, pictures, videos, and data in general. But technology might not be as safe and secure as businesses think, and hacks are getting quite common – just recently, the Office of Personnel Management announced that 5.6 million fingerprints were stolen in a cyberattack.
Attacks on data are increasing in frequency, so a key question should be raised: are companies and governments aware of the fragility of their security measures? According to new research, having little insight into a security profile makes companies more open to security threats and more easily targeted. Even worse, IT departments can be lulled into a false sense of security. They may feel that as long as they have purchased the latest firewall hardware or have updated anti-virus protocols, that their data is secure. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Michael Baker, head of Mosaic451, a bespoke cybersecurity services provider and consultancy with many clients across the country, says that “Too many companies think that technology is a security strategy, when it is not. They think if they buy the latest and greatest security software solution, they are safe from data breaches, something that is far from the truth – if anything, it lulls companies into a false sense of security, as they believe they are safe when, in fact, they are not.”
Taking a closer look at the largest data breaches such as the OPM, Target, Home Depot and Sony, it is obvious that technology did not protect them in the end. In each situation, data was breached due to the malicious actors exploiting the human element. Technology is only as good as the people using it; security technology is only a tool in the fight against cyber crime.
Another important aspect to take into account is that, today, another important shift is happening. More and more everything is mobile, because of the advent of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. This means that specific security measures are needed for the mobile world., in order to prevent serious threats targeting these devices.
Businesses and organizations of all sizes need to take an honest and thorough audit of their entire security systems, getting to know their merits and their flaws, in order to reinforce them and thus increase the security of their data.
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