How common are data breach attempts for companies of all sizes?

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People who don’t have much experience with data security may think that it’s only big companies that are hit with hacking attacks and data breaches. However, the reality of the situation is a lot different. Anyone who’s in charge of their business or organization’s IT infrastructure knows full well that these kinds of incidents are at least attempted on a regular basis, and as such pose an ongoing threat to sensitive information they need to protect.

One recent global survey found that 23 percent of IT pros say their companies are able to successfully detect and fend off at least one data breach attempt per day, according to a report from WinMagic. But beyond that staggering number, most in the field say such incidents need to be dealt with successfully at least once per month. Unfortunately, the survey also suggests that in a lot of cases, these workers might not be doing enough to impart to others how much of a threat this kind of incident poses.

With all this in mind, it might be wise for companies to think about the benefits of farming data security out to a colocation solutions provider such as a data center platform with demonstrated experience in properly protecting sensitive information. That could be especially true of smaller companies that can’t invest heavily in IT, and may not have the ability to properly train employees in industry standard data security best practices.

Why is that?
Indeed, 41 percent of non-IT employees polled said that they thought ongoing data security was solely an issue for their companies’ IT departments, and not something they had to worry about personally, the report said. That was slightly ahead of the 37 percent who recognized their role in keeping data secure.

Not surprisingly, more than 1 in 3 IT pros in the survey said they want to see access to critical files on personal devices like smartphones and laptops restricted only to employees who need to use that data, the report said. Further, those data security experts also said they felt employees were their companies’ second biggest risks for a data breach, behind only external hacking efforts. This indicates the need for more robust training procedures at the company level.

Emerging threats
In fact, because of that general concern about what rank-and-file employees do and do not understand about data security, education efforts are likely a very good idea, according to Security InfoWatch. That’s the causes of because data breach are growing significantly, and now include a new threat known as ransomware that can effectively lock organizations out of their own systems.

Similar to how a standard phishing scam works, hackers will try to worm their way into a network by misrepresenting themselves and getting malware installed onto another system, the report said. This will allow them to shut down systems until companies or organizations pay ransoms – hence the name – that can run into the tens of thousands of dollars in some cases.