I just read an article on InformationWeek.com listing 10 massive security breaches, all of which occurred in the last decade. It got me thinking: Is anything safe anymore? It seems like I read about a new security breach nearly every day, and I believe these problems will only increase.
Why the increase in security problems? While I’m sure there are more, here are 3 of the top factors:
1. More data is stored digitally than ever before. Based on the sheer number of security breaches, much of that data isn’t secured properly. The problem goes beyond the business world as well. Last year, Google got into hot water because their street view cars were “accidentally” harvesting unsecured data.
2. As businesses move towards mobile computing, security risks increase. Naturally, the more portable a device is, the more likely it will get lost or stolen. If businesses are storing important data on their mobile devices, they are even more susceptible to security breaches. Of course, this is easily avoidable with mobile web apps, as explained here.
3. As illustrated in this blog post, outsourcing poses a couple of security risks. First, some IT employees look for revenge after losing their job to outsourcers. Secondly, what happens if outsourcers go bad? What happens if an employee at your outsourcing company decides to steal your data? The more people that have access to your data, the more chances for a security breach.
Remember, security breaches are not only harmful for your company and your customers, they are also very expensive. So, I ask you: What are you doing to make sure your company data is secure?