Protecting Consumers and Websites

2022-01-28 by EPR Staff

According to research, the number of data breaches has been steadily increasing in the last few years. There are certain industries, such as healthcare and government, that are particularly vulnerable to data breaches. According to data, when it comes to the healthcare industry in particular, breaches have increased by nearly 60%. While there are no well-defined warning signs or solutions for website breaches, understanding what the threat entails, as well as learning the best ways to prevent and deal with a breach, can benefit any company. A data breach is considered to have taken place anytime information is taken from a company’s system without authorization. This info includes things like as passwords, banking details, medical history, identity, and credit card information.

Data Breach Causes

There’s no need for someone to be a sophisticated hacker to breach a company’s website. Something as  simple as losing a wallet or  device can lead to a data breach. There are a number of causes of website breaches, such as internal spying, which is when an employee or someone else inside a company shares details to outsiders for various gains. There’s also hacking, which is when one or a group of hackers compromise, and then sell sensitive data that they steal from companies. Hackingis also one of the leading causes of data breaches these days, and it also tends to cause the most damage to businesses. Lastly, there’s accidental access, which is when someone accidentally sees or gets access to sensitive information from a company that they weren’t supposed to see. This is a frequent occurrence given that many companies tend to have their employees share devices when working on projects together.

Data Breach Strategies

There are a number of strategies that people can use to breach websites, which range from getting spontaneous access, to implementing a well-developed plan to get access to specific data. One of the most common strategies for data breaches is phishing, which is used to trick people into giving up their information, seemingly voluntarily. Phishing attacks tend to look like genuine messages from trusted brands, corporations, or institutions, but are simply cleverly designed traps that hackers use to access data. People that aren’t very tech-savvy, or those in a hurry, are the most common victims of phishing. Using  malware is another type of data breach strategy. Malware is software which capitalizes on a device’s security flaws to gain access to a system. About half of all data breaches have been the result of malware or ransomware. Ransomware attacks occur when hackers upload spyware or viruses to a device to prevent its users from accessing their files.

Data Breach Prevention

Every company that operates online tends to face some sort of cybersecurity threat, but there are plenty of ways to prevent data breaches. No system is perfect, and every device tends to have a flaw, but companies should be working toward finding vulnerabilities in their systems to prevent them from becoming exploited. Businesses can also train their employees to avoid human error so that they don’t end up leaking confidential information to outsiders. Installing firewalls and encrypting all sensitive data are some of the most basic and secure ways that companies can defend themselves from data breaches. Backing up all data is another good idea.