The Human Factor: 5 Security Blunders People Keep Making

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Sending Sensitive Files Via a Consumer-Grade Service

When you need to share a file that's too large for your email system, it's tempting to send it through one of the free cloud services. But in general, these consumer-grade services lack the visibility and control necessary for protecting sensitive data. For example, you may love Dropbox, but you shouldn't use it for transferring files containing PII or company-sensitive information that needs to be protected. Also remember that in regulated industries, you don't have to wait for a breach to occur – just being in violation of the rules is enough to get hit with a stiff penalty

Much of today's security news is about the latest hacks by cyber criminals, and how they exploited some obscure software vulnerability to break into systems and wreak havoc.

But often a breach will start with something more mundane. Ever since people started sending emails and using the Internet, they have been making the same careless mistakes that leave sensitive information and the business at risk. Sure people are under pressure, they're in a hurry, and they need to get the job done, but sometimes they let their guard down.

No matter how much you nag people, plead with them and warn them, these mistakes and risky behaviors never seem to end. In this slideshow, Daren Glenister, field chief technology officer, Intralinks, has identified five all-too-common mistakes users need to be careful to avoid.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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