TeamViewer recently allowed hackers to easily gain access to information used in a widespread tech support scam at TalkTalk, one of the largest ISPs in the UK. What were the reasons and how could it have been prevented?
Hacking and destruction of electronic information is a concern, but breach most commonly results from unauthorized access or disclosure, as occurred in the Brand New Day breach. Therefore, policies that address third-party access are a key aspect of any data security plan.
Considering the risks of HIPAA noncompliance, health care companies generally benefit from hiring third party vendors that specifically handle HIPAA regulatory compliance. To fully protect patients, these vendors should have clear policies that restrict access, remain transparent and auditable, and maintain the most updated data security measures.
Today, most businesses send tax returns electronically. With a few quick clicks of the keyboard, your tax return arrives at the IRS in a matter of seconds. However, a lot can happen during that short time to put your confidential information at risk. Fortunately, a secure network can help ensure safe transmission of the most sensitive documents.
Artificial Intelligence is a great tool – except when it isn’t. The good news is that sophisticated AI algorithms can now identify suspicious software, content, and users, which frees up your network personnel to focus on preventative action and novel attacks. The bad news is that the bad guys are using similar technology against your network security.
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing greater risk for data theft. Data theft, ransomware, and other forms of cyber attack are now common forms of criminal enterprise. While large data networks, and research and financial institutions remain prime targets for hacking gangs and nation state actors, more criminal effort is going toward data assets maintained by smaller companies.
Your employees, contingent workers, and vendors are the easiest point of access for hackers. Is your network at risk?
Whether you work with only a few vendors, hundreds, or thousands, your network is only as safe as the security practices of your weakest partner.
Outsourcing offers key advantages in costs and subject matter expertise. Yet, the safety of your business data depends on IoT risk management and the security protocols of vendor partners.
Notes the head of Defense Digital Service of the U.S. Army, Chris Lynch, “There are people all over the world that are trying to get access to our systems, our data, and our information for malicious purposes.” Just as the military takes proactive steps to reduce network vulnerability — now is a good time to assess your network strengths and weaknesses.