What Risks Are Hiding in Your Data? Seven Scary Stories

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Companies store a significant amount of data about their employees: salary information, health records and family details, to name just a few. Most companies also conduct performance reviews at least once per year to update employees on their progress, analyze specific incidents and behaviors, and help individuals define and pursue goals for professional growth. How would your employees feel if that personal information became available to anyone who happened to search for it online? More importantly, what effect would it have on their careers and your company's reputation?

The scariest stories are always rooted in facts. A tale about a monster in the local woods may seem laughable, but it can make your skin crawl if you've read about a string of strange disappearances in the area. Ghosts can seem like characters better suited for movies, until you hear people recounting firsthand experiences with seemingly supernatural forces. Any story is just a story until it gets a reality check.

In the IT and security world, scary stories come true when data breaches occur. Imagine the most private, sensitive elements saved on your company's servers and virtual infrastructure. If that information were targeted in a hack or stolen from your data center, it wouldn't just be your company affected. Beyond the legal ramifications and expense of data exposure, a security breach can put sensitive data belonging to your clients, employees and partners in the wrong hands – leading to issues with online fraud, identity theft and more.

As Halloween, the scariest time of year, approaches, your IT system might be in need of a dose of reality. In this slideshow, Perry Dickau, director of product management at DataGravity, has identified seven nightmare-inducing examples of private data that can be maliciously exposed to the public. What risks could be hiding in your dark data? And are you ready to take the steps to find out?

Perry Dickau is the director of product management at DataGravity. He is responsible for providing guidance on product direction and development, technologies, standards, best practices and industry trends for data governance, risk management and compliance. Perry brings more than 20 years of experience in product management to the DataGravity team, and previously served as a product manager at AvePoint and other technology leaders.


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