Today’s IT leaders have to ensure that desktops, laptops, and tablets are secure, which is not any easy feat when they all run on different operating systems – and that is just the beginning. As most organizations move to the cloud, there is a new set of security considerations to tackle. An organization needs to ensure that every confidential piece of data is protected no matter where it resides.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! We wanted to share the 5 best seasonal posts about security to help everyone stay safe because this is, unfortunately, also the season where Cyber criminals take advantage of unsuspecting people. So let’s make data protection a priority, and end this year on a high note.
Today is Black Friday. Many retail stores in North American have customers lining up outside for hours to get the best deals. In 2015, 74.2 million people shopped on this day for your great deals! And around 30% of annual retail sales happen during the Black Friday through Boxing Day season, according to the National Retail Federation. With all this excitement of dropping prices and advertising to invite consumers to your stores, you are also potentially inviting cyber criminals that have been waiting for an opportunity to get information on your consumer data.
According to Wikipedia, “in 2014, $50.9 billion was spent during the 4-day Black Friday weekend”. People are eager to jump on the great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! What else comes with these amazing sales? Thieves and cybercriminals! They prey on the uninformed organizations that keep their guard down, ready to steal your customer’s credit card information!
Have you ever wondered what happens to your data once a thief gets their hands on it? Bitglass, a cloud security company conducted an experiment to find out just what happens when data has been stolen. And the answer may surprise you.
On May 21st WinMagic was chosen as one of the 2015 winners of the CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards. The CATAAlliance Innovation Awards celebrate the best in Canadian advanced technology and winners are recognized for their innovation, expertise, and leadership in Canada’s technology community.
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.
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.
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.