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Encrypt your devices

 

  • More than 73% of the breaches serviced  in 2013 involving portable devices could’ve been prevented if the devices were encrypted.
  • Encryption is a safe harbor under virtually every breach notification law.

Automate patch management

  • From 2013 to August 2014, there was a 20% increase in breaches due to malware or hacking.
  • Staying on top of the latest available software patches and moving to automated patch management can protect against a breach.

Enforce password complexity

  • In 2014, the breaches due to hacking or malware cost 4.5 times more than any other type of breach.
  • Computer systems can now systematically cycle through all permutations of potential passwords.
  • Don’t use “bad” passwords that are easy to crack … dictionary words are capable of being deduced with an algorithm.

 Be alert to phishing

  • From 2013 to 2014, there is a 10% increase in breaches due to someone inside the company--either an employee or contractor.
  • Most breaches occur because of human error. Training is a critical step in breach preparedness. It is important to train employees to spot the indicators of a phishing email.

 

Double check before hitting send

  • Thirty percent of the breaches  in 2014 were due to unintended disclosure.
  • It may be simple, but double-checking the contents of a file, email address or mailing details can really save--especially when sending data to outside vendors.

 

 

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