There is something undeniably disconcerting when corporate giants get hacked on a scale that renders them almost helpless. In recent years we have seen the likes of Sony, Amazon, CocaCola, Citigroup and many more all fall victim to cyber crimes that affected both the companies and their customers.
There have also been stories on how the security checks carried out by certain companies are simply not rigorous enough to keep customers safe from being hacked; especially when individuals have multiple accounts daisy-chained together.
Cloud storage is a particularly prevalent issue and one that needs to be promptly addressed by providing companies. At present, Google’s entire operating system is cloud-based; as is Windows 8 that is due to appear on millions of desktops over the next year. Even Apple is pushing its customers towards iCloud. Yet the security measures currently required to access cloud storage accounts is incredulously low considering the sheer amount of personal and sensitive information they can hold, tying not only accounts together but numerous devices as well.
But there are lessons to be learned from these scenarios. First and foremost, it can happen to anyone at anytime. IT security is something that has to be taken seriously, both personally and professionally. It is also important that we fully understand the services we now use to store data, perform transactions, and communicate both publically and privately.
In a digital age, the nature of many companies is to facilitate a constant flow of information, therefore condemning them to a certain level of vulnerability. Implementing basic security measures such as firewalls, up-to-date anti-virus, spyware and malware software, remote backups, and strong passwords can help some way but is no longer enough to protect large volumes of sensitive data from accomplished hackers.
Stronger preventatives include multi-factor authentication for logins, as well as audits that keep track of who accesses sensitive documents and when. Encryption of wireless routers files during transfer is also relatively effective. Essentially it is physical and human protection that reigns most valuable. Such as literally storing sensitive data in a separate room, as well as employing permission-based roles that limits the number of people who have access to certain information.
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