We’ve reached the middle of the year where businesses have begun to take their data security more seriously. A reason to this can be the increased number of attacks taking place. A recent report done by Cisco outlines that employees are still an easy target when it comes to cyber-attacks and protecting data. A leading factor is that Cyber-attacks are now becoming increasingly sophisticated, and as a result, individuals open unknown attachments or click links within an email, leading to phishing or spear phishing issues causing data hacks.
The Year of the Hack
2014 had an unusually high amount of data breaches, with more evolving and ever more sophisticated types of malicious codes and hacker attacks. Moreover, the attacks are likely to happen at any time and thus, a complete and secure approach is highly necessary. It’s such a concern that the White House passed a bill just last month to address these breaches that have affected so many high profile companies.
What can businesses do to prevent this?
Unfortunately victims of cyber-attack involve police departments, hospitals as well as restaurants. It can be seen that cyber-attacks happen from small businesses to large organizations and that none are immune to data breaches.
Security, regardless of the organization, is still an important factor. After the significant number of attacks that had taken place in 2014, cyber security has entered the spotlight and the minds of those business leaders who are looking for ways to meet these threats. There are lots of different methods for businesses to take when it comes to keeping their data and information secure, as well as many businesses who offer comprehensive software that can monitor anything that is suspicious on the network.
Secure password management, for example, is a process which helps to manage and secure passwords on a business or corporation network. Passwords are by far the most controversial way in which we keep data secure, but time and again, many users choose passwords that are easy to crack or guess, which can put data at risk.
Hypersocket Access Manager was engineered to deliver the next generation of password self-service, allowing end users the freedom to reset their passwords or accounts should they get locked, but also increasing the ability for IT departments to manage their users and monitor any suspicious activity that is happening on the network.
IT administrators only have one dashboard to check for their multiple tasks, with features that immediately alert them to any hidden dangers occurring in the system. This then gives the department an initial warning that can be solved or removed before real damage can take place, thus not only securing any financial losses but keeps the user and client data and information safe.
Lessons are still being learned in the aftermath of 2014, but it’s now clear that security has moved from a backseat to a prominent position for everyone involved. The rest of the year will tell whether hackers have also learned from their missteps and if 2015 will be another entry in a cyber-escapade gone wrong.
This Blog was brought to you by Hypersocket Software and its CEO, Lee David Painter. With over 20 years of industry experience as a pioneer in IT Security, Lee developed the world’s first OpenSource browser-based SSL VPN (SSL-Explorer). Today, Lee runs Hypersocket Software, a leader in Password Self-Service solutions.