In a perfect world, you would never have to worry about your company being the victim of a data breach.
Some people consider 2016 "the year of the data breach" and it's easy to see why: many of the biggest brands in the world were hacked, thus leading to high level security concerns as well as lost time and money.
It doesn't matter if you're an IT professional, C-level employee, or an entry level worker, it's important to understand these patterns. With this knowledge, you can take steps in preventing disaster from striking your company.
Now, let's examine the nine patterns:
Miscellaneous errors - 17.7 percent
Insider and privilege misuse - 16.3 percent
Physical theft and loss - 15.1 percent
Denial of service - 15 percent
Crimeware - 12.4 percent
Web app attacks - 8.3 percent
Point-of-sale intrusions - 0.8 percent
Cyber-espionage - 0.4 percent
Payment card skimmers - 0.2 percent
Note: the remaining 13.8 percent includes patterns not detailed above.
Now that you understand the most common causes of data breaches, it's time to learn more about preventing each pattern from occurring within your company.
As noted, miscellaneous errors are the top cause of data breaches. Generally speaking, this includes any mistake or unintentional action that compromises security. This can be as simple as a basic mishap by an employee who's not informed as to what they should and should not be doing in regards to security.
You can protect against this by:
Educating employees on matters of security and what they can do to help.
Strengthening controls across the board, such as the use of data loss prevention software.
Implementing a comprehensive disposal procedure.
As you make your way through the list of patterns, each one will present its own challenges and potential safeguards. Furthermore, even if the patterns remain the same, the percentage of incidents will rise or fall based on vulnerabilities and hacker activity.
An example of this is the continued growth and implementation of web apps. If your company is relying on an e-commerce platform or content management system, for example, this is an area of concern in 2017. The growth of this space alone will attract plenty of attention.
Small businesses are sure to face a variety of security challenges in 2017. Understanding the top causes of data breaches and implementing the right tips can help keep your company safe over the coming months (and beyond).
SurePayroll takes account security seriously, and we're rolling out Enhanced Security on customer accounts over the next several weeks. When you receive your notification, be sure to take a minute to set up your Enhanced Security preferences.