Data Security Day is upon us (January 28). Held annually, Data Privacy Day, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, strives to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers and businesses. Here are 3 things you need to know.
Data Security is everyone’s responsibility. Every day. All day.
According to the “IBM Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index,” 95 percent of information security incidents involve human error. A study by CompTIA shows human error makes up for 52 percent of the root cause of security breaches. If you think it is the IT department’s responsibility to protect your organization from a cyberattack. Think again. Everyone plays a role.
Take passwords seriously.
Now that you know how important you are to overall data security, what can you do? Passwords are a good place to start. Passwords are a big part of data security. Nearly 3 out of 4 consumers use duplicate passwords, many of these have not been changed in five or more years, according to TeleSign’s Consumer Account Security Report. Further, approximately 40 percent of those surveyed said they experienced “a security incident” within the past year. Improving passwords can have a significant impact on the health of your data security.
Always create strong, unique passwords and change them regularly. You will be glad you did.
Don’t fall prey to a phishing scam.
Phishing scams are a type of attack that blindly targets a wide range of email addresses in hopes of stumbling across an actual account holder. Phishing and social engineering represent 13 percent of the annual cybercrime cost globally for companies. The 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 11 percent of people who receive a “phishing” email will open the malicious attachment.
Arm yourself with a healthy dose of skepticism. Should that person be asking you to email them your password? Never. Don’t recognize the sender? Don’t click the link or open the attachment. Simple steps can make all the difference.
Are you doing all you can to secure your privacy data? Start today. Follow best practices and proceed with caution to protect you and your organization’s private information. Have a safe and happy Data Security Day.