Data Privacy – Why You Should Care

By Simon Stone | September 8th, 2020 | SELF-CARE

Phishing attacks, malware campaigns and trojan horses. There has never been more of a need for cybersecurity to keep your data private. Sensitive information is being targeted by ransomware and malware, and is very much at risk of being leaked into the public domain. 

According to Salesforce research, 46% of customers feel like they’ve lost control over their data and this is a figure that’s likely to grow. 

All businesses need to ensure their employees are equipped in the battle against cybercriminals, regardless of company size or industry. Google’s parent company, Alphabet is currently facing action after claims it has been tracking and collecting sensitive information, even when browsing in private mode. With even major players coming under fire, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the right procedures to remain safe online. 

2020 has seen brand new challenges in the fight for cybersecurity. While we embrace the “new normal” and a world of remote working, we must also acknowledge the heightened risk of cyber-attacks. In April, the IAITAM President and CEO Dr. Barbara RembiesaI stated, “Too many organizations have left themselves wide open for attack.” With many businesses forced to work from home under short notice, employees may not have had the time to properly set up a secure network which leaves many corporations under risk. Even right now, data privacy should remain a priority.

Each household owns multiple insecure devices from laptops, to tablets and phones, and it increases the attack surface and the security of their networks. It’s no longer enough to have a basic firewall or antivirus installed. The network is only as strong as its weakest link as cybercriminals only need to get into one device before they’re into your home and corporate networks. 

Ask yourself these questions: Do I know what my cyber-footprint looks like? How is my data currently protected? Am I using the latest technology and VPN support? Do I need to change my default passwords? Keep up to date with the latest developments and trends in cybersecurity and think about how it can be implemented into your network. The more you know, the more prepared you will be. 

We’re aiming for an environment where remote working is safe for data privacy. Cyber-criminals are always on the hunt for new victims, and I advise adopting a quality cyber-defense solution to vaccinate any future attacks. Talk to us about how we can increase our cybersecurity protection and immunise your customers from planned attacks.

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