Encryption: Imperfect, But Still A Must

Encryption: Imperfect, But Still A Must

There is the growing realization that encryption is good, but it’s not good enough. Encryption is only a part of the picture because it, as with many data protection technologies, is not infallible. Technology alone will never give complete protection to data. Right now, as many as 90% of data security incidents can be tied back to people: to mistakes or intentional misbehaviour. Take encryption: if your employees disable it, how can it be effective? As many as 40% of executives admitted in a 2014 study to turning off laptop encryption.

Data Breaches to Affect 25% of World Population by 2020

Data Breaches to Affect 25% of World Population by 2020

In the Worldwide Security 2016 Predictions, IDC predicts that by 2020, more than 1.5 billion people, or a quarter of the world’s population, will be affected by data breaches. We can already see that the large scale of recent data breaches has drastic effects that move beyond hard costs, affecting consumer trust and loyalty:

EU Agrees on Information Security Rules

EU Agrees on Information Security Rules

Negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity. The agreement, announced in early December, was reached in response to increasing concerns about cyberattacks. The proposed law would regulate essential services as well as network companies (from Internet providers to online marketplaces and cloud services providers) to ensure their infrastructure is secure and to report major security breaches.

Data Breach Immunity is a Myth

Data Breach Immunity is a Myth

We have talked a bit this year about the dangers of overconfidence in data security. According to the Breach Confidence Index, 83% of organizations claimed to be “fairly” or “very” confident that their business was secure against a data breach. This contrasts with published statistics showing that almost half of all organizations suffered at least one serious security incident / data breach in the past 12 months alone. When you look at large organizations alone, 90% of organizations will suffer a security incident. And yet still, many organizations will feel that a data breach just can’t happen to them.

Control the Rise in Shadow IT Post-Christmas

Control the Rise in Shadow IT Post-Christmas

Millions of new devices have been bought and activated over the holidays. We saw that 2015 Black Friday sales showed some of the highest increases in new device activations for the iPad mini and a number of smartphones, with Apple product activations topping those in 2014. With Christmas now behind us, we’ll see an even larger spike in new device activations for all the tablet, smartphone and laptops gifted this holiday season.

Data Loss Winners and Losers of 2015

Data Loss Winners and Losers of 2015

It’s safe to say that 2015 will be remembered as the year corporate data loss entered the mainstream. It seems like every week there was news around another major data breach or cyber attack. Indeed, throughout the course of the year many records were broken – and not in a good way. This year, there have been 766 data breaches affecting a total of 177,840,420 records, more than double the records breached in 2014. And that’s only the breaches we know about or whose numbers have been disclosed.

One-Third Will Have Healthcare Records Compromised by Cyberattack in 2016

One-Third Will Have Healthcare Records Compromised by Cyberattack in 2016

One in three Americans will have their healthcare records compromised by cyberattacks in the coming year, a new study predicts. This is a radical figure, one which follows on the heels of the Verizon report earlier this month, which indicated that half of Americans had their healthcare records compromised since 2009.

Data Security in the Retail Sector Undermined by Employees

Data Security in the Retail Sector Undermined by Employees

It’s the busiest season of the year for the retail sector, one where more temporary staff come online, more people come in through the door, and more rush puts the pressure on an already difficult job of protecting data. According to a new report, many retailers entered this season with a “false sense of confidence” about their ability to secure sensitive information, when this same report found many gaps in data protection.