Wednesday, February 15, 2017

You may have more to lose than your vacation snaps...

Massive security breaches seem to be making the headlines on a regular basis, from celebrity photos to the personal data of millions of LinkedIn, Yahoo and Ashley Madison customers.

But, the issue may be even more serious and widespread than previously thought. According to this article by Tim Burke, Director of IT at Bettercloud, 43% of companies experienced a data breach in 2014.

This isn’t just a professional issue though, with more than 12 million people annually falling victim to identity fraud, losing an average of $5,000. Unfortunately, the question is increasingly moving from “If… ?” to “When… ?”

There are a couple straight forward security measures that can be enforced both in the workplace and in our personal lives to mitigate the risk though.

For example, implementing 2-Factor Authentication and understanding the basics of phishing emails go a long way to protecting your organization and yourself. As IT professionals, it’s important to spread awareness and change the mindset of those around us.

What are some of your favourite ways to protect your personal data?

Principal Bruce MacDonald is a senior executive with extensive experience in finance, operations and information technology. View his profile.