Data Breach

Why Data Breach Transparency Protects Business

Article Written by Avery Phillips

In a perfect world, data breaches wouldn't happen. Unfortunately, the reality is that criminals are looking for any way to exploit the cybersecurity flaws of your company. Companies using data storage methods relying on big data, the cloud, and the IoT are finding all too often that they are not bulletproof and that a data breach can bring a business to a standstill or worse. However, there is one way to lessen the blow of a data breach. 

Disclosing to your customers that a data breach has happened and exhibiting total transparency afterward isn't just ethical, it's mandated. Transparency is also the only way to get your business back on track. Being open and honest when answering customer questions about a data breach will help you to regain their trust and protect your business operations. 

Below are some ways that transparency protects your business and some tips on how to be transparent in the event of a data breach.

How to Keep Customer Data Safe in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Your customers are important to you and your business. Being of significance to you, it would be fitting for you to keep the customer data you obtain out of harm's way. At the same time, you are considering cloud services to accommodate the large capacity of not only customer data but company data as well. So, how do you enjoy the benefits of off-site cloud computing, while keeping your data safe?

Below are some of the biggest threats to data loss, cyber attacks, and otherwise questionable methods of obtaining sensitive data, and what you should watch out for to keep your customer data safe on the cloud.   

Data Breaches

In 2017, we saw very large companies fall victim to massive data breaches, unwittingly releasing sensitive customer data. Equifax, a major credit reporting agency and the hardest hit, revealed information of 143 million US customers. Your business holds very sensitive customer data such as credit card information, social security numbers, and birthdates - all which can be used to turn your customer's loss into a cyber attacker's gain.

Security Breaches, Data Loss, Outages: The Bad Side of Cloud

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

As a big supporter of cloud computing, this is never an easy topic to discuss. However, security concerns will always be present as threats continue to rise. Let me give you an example. As soon as the whole Heartbleed topic arose, our organization began fielding calls from various IT shops asking for remediation, fixes, and patches.

The crazy part was that not all OpenSSL systems were impacted. Many pre-version 1 OpenSSL systems were safe. Many others were facing the challenge up correcting and fixing this serious vulnerability. Cisco, Juniper, F5, and many others were actively deploying fixes to ensure that their systems stay safe...

What the cloud can learn from the data-breach epidemic

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Last week, the second-largest U.S. health insurer, Anthem, announced that as many as 80 million customers had their account information stolen. Not much is known about which systems were hijacked, but Anthem said all of its businesses were affected, so it's easy to figure that the attack was far-reaching.

"'The names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers stolen from the Indianapolis-based insurance giant are gold for criminals,' said James P. Nehf, a professor of law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis," USA Today reported. Once again, there is a major data breach on internal servers...