It is a hard, cold fact that data breaches are a way of life now. There really is no 100%, fail-safe way to prevent a data breach from happening. Eventually the odds of your business experiencing a cyber-intrusion are going to run out. According to the 2017 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study, the global cost of data breaches was $3.6 million last year with more than 24,000 records involved and that number is rising steadily.
In 2016, the number of websites hacked increased 32% over 2015 and that number is expected to continue to increase every year. While a frightening statistic, there are many things you can do to ensure that your website is as secure as possible. Below you will find the top 10 ways you can decrease the chances of your website being hacked.
There are so many types of security issues for businesses to worry about it’s hard to keep up. One very common one is known as a Denial of Service Attack (DoS) or Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS). These types of attacks affect organizations’ resources and websites and ultimately can disrupt business.
All you have to do is read the news on a daily basis and chances are you will hear about yet another company that has fallen victim to a data breach. The average cost of a data breach in 2017 is $3.62 million globally and $7.35 million in the U.S, which is at an all time high, according to a study conducted the Ponemon Institute. These are big numbers and scary statistics and although there is no such thing as a totally secure system, there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of your business being one of the next victims.
With the ever expanding risk of businesses experiencing a security data breach, the importance of having a security incident response plan becomes an obvious point yet many businesses still don’t have one. Here we are going to outline the key aspects of creating a solid security incident response plan that every business must do today.
In the business world, keeping data safe and available at all times is of the utmost importance. However, there can be controversy over whether it’s better to manage your data on-site or offsite. Although there are pros and cons to both options and it can depend on the industry your business is in, there are distinct benefits to onsite data management.
Technology plays a large part in almost every aspect of business and pleasure in the world today. Those that do not have access to the latest and greatest are seen to be in a state similar to starvation by those that do. While it seems ridiculous when described in that manner, if you take a step back and look at all of the recent human achievements made possible by technological advancements, it may not seem so far fetched. Advancements in tech have allowed for the eradication of diseases and the ability for companies to manufacture clothing in bulk for a fraction of what it used to cost. It has allowed for the automation of tedious tasks and made managing daily activities as simple as a few clicks on your computer or even a swipe on a smartphone.
Data loss occurs can occur in a variety of ways — from the mundane striking of the wrong key at the wrong moment to a cataclysmic weather event – but the results are almost always catastrophic from the loss of irreplaceable family photographs to destruction of valuable company financial reports.
However it occurs and whatever is lost, the good news is that most data is recoverable. (more…)
The thought of losing all their computer data sends shivers down the spines of many business owners. Depending on the company’s use of technology, the time and expense of recovery could range from mildly stressful to catastrophic. There are organizations that never recover all their lost data and companies that suffer for months or even years after losing software, customer records, business documentation and much more.
Done properly, data backup can help you streamline the process of recovery and give you back more of your lost files. Although some degree of recovery is often possible with no backups, it is more time-consuming and costly, and there are no guarantees on what can be restored. With this in mind, here are some data backup and recovery tips for business owners. (more…)