As the world and the marketplace become more digital, the room for data breaches continues to grow. As such, companies take precautions to protect themselves and their data against breaches. Understanding the common causes of breaches and the dangers they bring can help you be more aware and create a plan of protection.
The Reasons for and Dangers of Breaches
Many people assume breaches only occur by people sitting in the dark surrounded by computers as they type code into a computer to hack a system. According to WWSPI, the most common data breach is done by hackers. However, other forms include:
- Human error
- Phishing schemes
- Insider misuse
- Physical theft
- Weak passwords
Data breaches can be both accidental, such as an employee sending information to the wrong person, and intentional, such as an employee actively stealing sensitive information. These data breaches can lead to lost or stolen information, identity theft, system failure and leaked data. Some of these cannot be prevented due to the ever-changing nature of technology, such as keeping up with hackers’ coding. Others can be prevented, such as changing weak passwords to strong ones.
Protect Yourself With a Strategy
No matter the reason for data breaches, you should come up with a strategy to circumvent potential threats. It all starts with a thorough understanding of the common causes of breaches.