Data breaches: How to prevent and address them?

A data breach is a type of cybersecurity incident in which information (or part of an information) is retrieved without the proper authorisation. Data breaches can occur in countless ways, as they can be performed by expert hackers or they can be the result of “human error” executed during the configuration or deployment of certain services and systems, leaving the information exposed to untrusted users.

According to the report “ENISA Threat Landscape 2020 – Data Breach” issued by the European Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), most data breaches are performed with malicious intents.  52% of data breaches occurred in 2019 involved hacking, which is the main cause of data breaches since 2016. Most of these leakages appear to be financially motivated (71%) and some of them (25%) participate in the fulfilment of long-term strategic goals (e.g., nation-state or industrial espionage).  

Nowadays, as innumerable information is being stored and shared in cloud computing systems and more and more people work on remote due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, data breaches are becoming an ever more alarming threat for businesses. By midyear 2019, the number of breaches increased by 54% in comparison to 2018, but businesses seem unprepared to face the risk posed by these negative trends. The “2019 Global Data Risk Report”, issued by the security company Varonis, states that 53% of companies found over 1000 sensitive files exposed to all employees.

In a similar scenario, companies are much in need of Cybersecurity Officers that can design plans to mitigate the risk of a data breach. Similar plans require the development of a complex, proactive strategy, one that can respond to cyber-attack as much as it can prevent them. 

Train yourself and be prepared!

You can immediately work on your skills and learn how to prevent and respond to data breaches with the material offered by IoTNuggets’ project. The project aims to train experts in cybersecurity and data protection for the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. 

The educational material offered is based on the “learning nuggets” approach, which facilitates learners by providing small interactive modules of information that can be studied and adopted at the right time. This approach has been specifically designed for specialists that need to learn and to upgrade their skills quickly so that they can learn and adopt them as soon as possible.

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