Archive for the ‘Data Security’ Category

Deception technologies, often referred to as Decoys, Honeypots, and Red Herrings, are assets that have been specifically setup to attract, deceive and discourage cyber-criminals. Such assets may include anything from servers, files, databases, applications, emails, user accounts, unused IP addresses, and so on. When these assets are accessed in some way, a real-time alert is sent to the administrators, or alternatively, an automated response could be initiated. Deception technologies can … Read more

Almost 15 billion data records have been lost or stolen since 2013 – an issue that affects North America disproportionately more than other parts of the world. Should a company fall victim to an effective data breach, it could result in a loss of reputation, and could incur heavy financial losses. According to the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report by the Ponemon Institute, the global average cost of … Read more

The UK government recently launched a second audit of the cybersecurity labor market in order to find out whether organizations are failing when it comes to hiring and training cybersecurity professionals. Companies in both the public and the private sector were chosen at random to participate in the audit, with the aim being for the audit to affect future government policies to overcome the skills shortage. The audit is the … Read more

According to recent studies, since 2013 there have been over twice as many records that have been stolen or lost than there are humans on the earth. Statistics like this should be shocking, but many find it difficult to quantify what this means in real business terms. With this in mind, it’s important to take a step back and look at the tangible effects that breaches in cybersecurity could potentially … Read more

The rate of cloud technology adoption has increased dramatically over the last few years, with file storage generally being the go-to cloud service. That’s because cloud storage enables organizations to keep costs down and made data more accessible, helping to drive collaborations. Microsoft are responsible for very popular cloud file storage services. Microsoft OneDrive is a non-business product that comes as standard with their email services. OneDrive for Business, on … Read more

Perhaps more Americans would take cybersecurity threats seriously if they resulted in disruptions to their Netflix streaming and prevented them from taking hot showers. A lot of the activities we take for granted, including making a coffee in the morning and watching TV in the evenings, are powered by the energy industry. The nation’s power grid not only powers much of our in-house technology, it also props up emergency services, … Read more

Cyber-attacks on UK universities are on the rise, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Universities hold vast amounts of sensitive data, and like most Government funded institutions, typically operate on a limited budget. A university may hold thousands of student records, with each record containing a wealth of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as names, ages, addresses, and so on. Hackers can steal this information and sell it … Read more

What’s the cost of data breaches in 2019? Is the cost of data breaches increasing? These are not easy questions to answer, as the answer generally depends on what country and industry the breach occurs in. Recent figures suggest that the cost of data breaches in 2019 range from anywhere between $1.25 million to $8.19 million. Cybersecurity is a difficult topic to get accurate measurables for, especially because every week … Read more

With the ever-increasing amount of data that companies collect from customers and the changing threat landscape, it’s important to make sure that personally identifiable information (PII) is safeguarded so that it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. Data breaches are hitting the headlines more frequently and can result in major reputational damage and large fines from data commissioners and regulatory bodies. In the first half of 2019, according to … Read more

It’s becoming common knowledge that cyber-crime is on the rise. According to the Annual Cost Of Cybercrime Study by the Ponemon Institute and Accenture, in the last 5 years we have seen 67% increase in the number of reported data breaches. The banking sector continues to be the #1 target for cyber-criminals with the average annual cost of cybercrime estimated to be over $18 million. Financial institutions are spending more … Read more