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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting to grips with data theft concerns

Business data security
An increasing amount of risky mobile apps have circulated
Surrounded by an escalation of security threats in every aspect of work and individual life, IT innovators are now in the process of developing more inexpensive antivirus and anti-malware applications to safeguard against online threats. 

Concerns about IT security on the Internet are not a new trend. But uncertainties are now exacerbating rapidly after repeated number of data theft attacks on large organisations taking place almost every week. 

The recent ‘heart bleed’ virus that infected millions of users across the globe, has spurred both security professionals and laymen to make sense of this growing calamity and better equip themselves against future attacks.

One of the biggest wake-up calls in recent times, that has brought the question of Internet security to the fore, is the recent eBay fiasco that prompted a large number of users worldwide to immediately change their passwords. Most people who access "can't live without" websites were in for a rude shake when they realised that their accounts had been compromised.

A large number of worldwide organisations are urgently recommending IT professionals as well as individuals to take notice of data breaches occurring globally, and ensure precautions to prevent further damage.

In its 2014 Data Breach Report, Verizon recommends undertaking few controls to secure the internal framework of an organisation against the various threats to document security. Some of the steps that corporations can undertake include installing effective data loss prevention software (DLP), deactivating Java software and upgrading browsers to segmenting network for suppressing data theft occurrences and educating employees.

Meanwhile, Symantec Corporation revealed in its 2014 Internet Security Threat Report there are a growing number of data attacks on businesses with 200 employees or less. According to the report, small and medium businesses are the target of 45% of all data theft attacks, while large corporations containing more than 2000 employees accounted for 36% of data breaches. It has been seen that small and medium businesses do not pay much emphasis on data security as compared to large corporations that has further helped hackers and cyber terrorists to channelize their efforts on attacking small businesses. In addition, when data of small businesses are accessed by hackers, there are links connecting to larger corporations that are automatically opened for attackers to enter and steal data from large firms.

Another disturbing trend is reported by Trend Micro on the increasing number of high-risk applications on cell phone devices and malware that touched over 1.5 million by the end of 2013. Unfortunately, a vast number of mobile Internet users still do not pay any attention to the dangers of data security on mobile phones.

Effective anti-virus and anti-malware applications are the first levels of protection for any device, while business level protection may call for additional features and costs. However, even the latest antivirus software and malware is sometimes not enough to be protected against targeted data theft attacks. It is important for corporations to establish secure and robust IT infrastructure that can help in preventing aimed attacks. In addition, a standard minimal set of applications must be enforced while employing cutting edge threat protection against the data breach.

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About the author: The Author of this article is an expert in the field of intellectual property and data security. She shares her views about online document Security, PDF security, PDF DRM and related topics.

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