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A data breach can change the course of your life and it may affect you negatively as it is not a temporary cause. It exposed sensitive information, which creates huge complications for businesses, governments, and individuals. Regardless of whether you are offline or online, hackers can come into contact with you through the internet, Bluetooth, text messages, or the online services that you use.
Even a small threat can cause a huge data breach without proper attention to detail. People don’t give it enough attention as they are unaware of how common modern security threats are.
In this article, we’ll explain data breaches, how they can impact you, how it happened and much more.
A data breach can be defined as a breach that exposes confidential, sensitive, or protected information to an unauthorised person. Even without the owner’s permission, the files in a data breach are viewed and/or shared.
From individuals to high-level enterprises and governments, everyone can be at risk of a data breach. Apart from this, if not protected, anyone can put others at risk.
It is an assumption that a data breach is caused by an outside hacker but that’s not always true.
Intentional attacks may be the reasons for how data breaches happen sometimes. However, it can just as easily result from a simple oversight by individuals or flaws in a company’s infrastructure.
Here’s how a data breach can occur:
For instance, an employee using the other employee’s computer and reading files without having the proper authorization permissions. It is unintentional to access, and no information is shared. However, because it was viewed by an unauthorized person, the data is considered breached.
In this breach, a person purposely accesses and/or shares data with the intent of causing harm to an individual or company. They may have legitimate authorization to use the data, but the intent is to use the information in nefarious ways.
In this breach, devices like an unencrypted and unlocked laptop or external hard drive containing sensitive information goes missing.
These are hackers who use various attack vectors to gather information from a network or an individual.
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From end-users to IT personnel, and all people in between, Data breach prevention needs to include everyone at all levels.
In the process of trying to plan how to prevent the attacks or leaks, security is only as strong as the weakest link. Every single person interacting with a system can be a potential vulnerability. Even small children with a tablet on your home network can be a risk.
Follow the below best practices to avoid a data breach
Apart from the above practices, organizations should have an incident response plan that can be implemented in the event of an intrusion or breach. This plan typically includes a formal process for identifying, containing and quantifying a security incident.
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