Healthcare data is the most valuable data a thief can get their hands on. Last year Ponemon did a study, which found that of the 40 companies across 12 industries surveyed, that negligence or human error is the primary root cause of data breaches.
Wireless encryption is a security tool to protect a company’s network. The word “encryption” means to turn something into code. When IT professionals use wireless encryption, they are encoding the messages sent between a computer’s wireless adapter and a wireless router.
The term “data at rest” refers to data in computer storage. Its opposite is data in motion, which is a phrase used to describe data traversing a network. It can even apply to information temporarily residing in a computer’s memory.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco last week. The conference was bigger than ever with lots of new vendors displaying a wide breath of security products.
In August 2014, the digital security company Websense released a report stating that more than one-third of Canadian IT professionals knew for certain that their company’s data had been the victim of a serious breach.
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.