There has been a significant rise in the number of data breaches as well as other forms of cybercrime over the past several years as businesses increasingly conduct their transactions online. This jump has been more marked with the increase in popularity of cloud computing and cloud services. The cloud offers more access points for cyber criminals and other malicious actors to breach private networks. As such, businesses spend lots of time and money devising strategies to secure their network and protect their data.
Data security is a red hot topic and a top of mind concern for all businesses. Small businesses worry about lacking expertise needed to protect data. Just one cyber-attack can put them out of business. Large businesses that deal with millions of personally identifiable information (PII) risk bad publicity, litigation, and significant financial loss due to poor data security. Here are 5 (relatively) easy steps to make your data more secure.
Over the past several years, there has been a significant increase in cyber attacks targeted towards hospitals and other allied businesses in the healthcare industry. This is because hospital databases typically contain a lot of personal patient information such as social security numbers, home addresses, and credit card information, among others, which are of immense value to cyber criminals. In 2018, there were over 500 reported instances of hospitals or ancillary healthcare facilities suffering from a data breach.