I just read an article from eWeek that focused on how common data breaches are in the healthcare industry. OK, I said to myself, but then given my inquisitive nature at times, I typed in “healthcare data breaches” on one of leading search engines and voila!
Many organizations fear the worst that they might be next on the list of data breaches that have been sprouting across the world. Many will take precautions and seek external expertise to safe guard their sensitive data. But while you are bracing and protecting yourself from external threats you might be overlooking other threats, ones that you least expected.
Regardless of the industry in which you work, maintaining productivity while on-the-go will always be a challenge. The concept of “BYOD” and its ability to empower a worker away from the office popped up years ago; however since then, the topic of securing these mobile devices and the accompanying data has become a cause for concern.
Staffordshire University in UK reported that a laptop containing applicant information was stolen from a car belonging to a staff member. Due to the size of the data file, the information was held locally on the hard drive of the laptop.
Have you heard of Apple’s “Kill Switch”? If not, then you might want to look into it. This feature is the new theft deterrent system that will allow the owner of the device to remotely lock it and wipe it clean if ever lost or stolen. If I might say so myself… it’s about time!
The never-ending torrent of high-profile data breaches encourages companies to evaluate security fundamentals. Among them is full-disk encryption (FDE), a security best practice that protects information on servers, laptops and other devices while they are at rest.