Data Protection Security & Security risks

Content management firm Intralinks said many people bring bad security habits from home into business, so educating users is not just about protecting them, but also about protecting the economy. Intralinks chief technology officer for Europe Richard Anstey said it can be counter-intuitive to tell people to use strong passwords as it creates a false sense of security that people then bring into work.

Human error will never be eradicated as people will always make mistakes
Tony Pepper, Egress
“When dealing with very sensitive information, such as internet protocol, people need to know about very secure measures, such as information rights management,” he said.
According to Anstey, security is about knowing what the danger is and how to deploy the appropriate level of protection.
“If we want a truly data-secure society we need to start by ensuring people know what value their data has, then they can make informed decision about how to secure it,” he said.

Too much focus on outside threats

Encryption firm Egress has warned that too many businesses are focusing on outside threats.
An Egress Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office revealed 93% of data breaches occur as a result of human error.
Egress chief executive Tony Pepper businesses should start looking closer to home to prevent data breaches.
“Mistakes such as losing an unencrypted device in the post or sending an email to the wrong person are crippling organisations,” he said.
Pepper added that the FOI data shows a total £5.1m has been issued for mistakes made when handling sensitive information, whereas to date no fines have been levied due to technical failings exposing confidential data.
“Human error will never be eradicated as people will always make mistakes. Organisations therefore need to find ways to limit the damage caused by these mistakes,” he said.
According to Egress, policy needs to be supported by user-friendly technology that enables safe ways of working without hindering productivity, while providing a safety net for when users make mistakes.

Businesses need proactive approach to data security

Data governance firm Axway said businesses need to take a proactive approach to data security in the face of malicious hackers and data breaches.
If we want a truly data-secure society we need to start by ensuring people know what value their data has
Richard Anstey, Intralinks
Axway Go-To-Market Program vice-president Antoine Rizk said in an increasingly connected world, businesses need to proactively monitor their data flows to prevent costly data breaches.
“However, many large organisations still wait for something to go wrong before addressing the flaws in their security strategies – a move that backfired in some of the most infamous security breaches of 2014,” he said.
Axway predicts that in 2015, bring your own device will quickly evolve into bring your own internet of things, with employees bringing wearable devices into the work place.
“For such increased enterprise mobility to open windows of opportunities for businesses, without paving the way for hackers to access private data, security must evolve at the same rate as the devices themselves,” said Rizk.
“Organisations also need to know what data employees are bringing into and taking out of the office to ensure that malicious attacks and conspicuous activity is blocked,” he said.

Important to highlight risks on mobile platforms

Application protection firm Arxan said that on Data Protection Day it is important to highlight the increased risks on mobile platforms, particularly in the banking and payments sector.
Arxan director of sales for Europe Mark Noctor said the firm predicts the security risks in the financial sector will be a key threat area for 2015.
“With this in mind, it is vital that mobile application security takes priority as bank, payment providers and customers seek to do more on mobile devices,” he said.
Arxan research revealed 95% of the top 100 Android financial apps and 70% of iOS apps have been hacked in the past year.
The company said: “We would advise banking and payment customers who are considering the use of a mobile financial application to take the following steps to increase security:
  • Download banking and payment applications only from certified app stores;
  • ask your financial institution or payment provider if their app is protected against reverse engineering;
  • do not connect to an email, bank or other sensitive account over public Wi-Fi. If that’s unavoidable – because you spend a lot of time in caf├ęs, hotels or airports, for example – pay for access to a virtual private network that will significantly improve your privacy on public networks;
  • Ask your bank or mobile payment provider if they have deployed application self-protections for the apps they have released in app stores. Do not rely only on mobile antivirus, anti-spam or your enterprise-wide device security solutions to protect apps that reside on your mobile device from hacking or malware attacks."

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