The following is an excerpt from Reviewing Your Data Protection Strategy, a free industry guide that looks at new data protection regulations in places like Europe, America, and Australia, and how to protect against the number one cause of data breaches.
The rate at which businesses get their hands on our data has outrun governments' ability to regulate it. Until now. 2018 brought with it huge changes in the way organizations are obliged to collect, manage, and protect personal data if they want to do so legally. Corporations like Yahoo! and Uber who have been victims of mass data leaks are proof that even the biggest players in the game will have to do things differently. So, what needs to change?
Worried about data breaches in 2019? You should be.
Living in a world where information is at our fingertips allows us all kinds of opportunities to connect. But, it also makes it easy for data breaches to happen with just one click. Think about it this way; how often have you sent an email with an attachment to the wrong person? We have all done it (or, at least heard of someone who has). Every time it happens you risk leaking sensitive information.
So, how confident are you that you won’t accidentally send an email to the wrong person? Or that you won’t attach the wrong document to an email?
Over 50% of reported data breach incidents in Q1 of 2017 were from data being “disclosed in error” according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). In other words, mistakes, like sending an email to the wrong person or forgetting to remove hidden metadata, was the number one cause of leaks. A main focus of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is ‘Privacy by Design and Default’, which is the concept of implementing appropriate preventative measures rather than focussing on damage limitation and penalties following a data breach.
Preventing accidental data disclosure by email should be one of your top security concerns for 2019. Otherwise, your company may end up in a serious financial crisis.
Download the guide to Reviewing Your Data Protection Strategy in 2019 to learn about the new regulations and a simple solution to make sure your workplace is protected.