Top Data Leak Vulnerabilities and How to Secure Them

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Encryption isn't just a good idea when it comes to email; it's helpful in protecting laptops, USB devices and desktops. Laptops and USB sticks can get lost, and your office's desktops are at risk if you ever suffer a break-in. But that doesn't happen anymore, right? Thieves don't break into offices at night when no one is at work. Wrong! Thieves have many social engineering tools at their disposal to pinpoint when their next break-in will happen. To protect against this, strong passwords and encryption are encouraged to deter would-be thieves from accessing sensitive information.

Historically, the top industries investing in data protection have been health care, financial services and government, and the reasons are clear. These industries manage and exchange endless amounts of (lucrative) personal data — Social Security numbers, health records, bank accounts, etc. — and data protection is a crucial component of maintaining the trust of clients, patients and the public. Because they deal with so much personal data, these industries are also highly regulated. The acronyms HIPAA, GLBA and SEC come to mind.

Without these compliance concerns or regulatory bodies to answer to, companies operating in other industries are often not as aware of the risks associated with sensitive data and are not as motivated to utilize methods of data protection. When given the choice between tools and strategies that lead to growth, or investments in security solutions without a clear ROI, it's no surprise that companies typically lean toward the former. Even with data breaches dominating news headlines, companies continue to take the "it will never happen to me" approach, believing their sensitive data isn't worth stealing.

But all companies have sensitive data that is vulnerable to theft, and hackers will continue to explore new ways to profit off of valuable data, as evident by the recent hack of newswire services targeting upcoming earnings releases, mergers and acquisitions news and new product announcements. However, newswires aren't the only vulnerability for companies. In this slideshow, ZixCorp examines potential trouble areas that are exposing your company's sensitive data.


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

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