This post is part of a visual breakdown of the Equifax Breach - viewable here. One of the biggest and most notable breaches – the Equifax breach of 2017 – was a pivotal point in news coverage and the shift in focus to the security industry. In December of 2018, the US House of Representatives released a 96-page document outlining what happened 18 months prior. We’ve created a quick guide to highlight the events and timeline.
Dr. Edmond Locard (13 December 1877 – 4 April 1966) was a French criminologist and a pioneer in forensic science. It is from him that investigators and forensic practitioners around the world derive this often-used axiom. “Every Contact Leaves a Trace” During my early days in training with the police the phrase “every contact leaves a trace” was drilled into me as both an opportunity and a warning. These opportunities are relatively obvious of course.
According to Gartner, 90% of insider incidents are due to human error—employees without malicious intent with potentially damaging actions. If humans are the weakest link of an organization’s security, how can you be confident you’re not a part of the statistics? You need to protect both your company’s and personal accounts and devices to avoid any leaks. 6 steps to increase your security Increasing your security is easier than you think.
Data is the most important asset of any company, and the uphill battle of protecting it can seem never ending. Traditional data loss prevention (DLP) solutions focus on the data: classifying it, authorizing access, and monitoring usage in accordance with policies. However, data loss is only the symptom. The root of the problem lies with the unpredictable nature of humans, either with malicious or, more commonly, negligent behavior. Attempting to classify thousands – or millions – of changing data records while simultaneously monitoring human users is a tough feat.
Most companies recruit employees who they believe can help increase their competitive edge and innovation in their respective industries. But as these employees start adding value in their specific fields, it is imperative that they understand how to protect corporate data. Failing to protect intellectual property (IP) doesn’t just jeopardize the company—the employee’s job security, equity, career direction, and reputation are also at risk. Protecting intellectual property is equally important to the employee as the company they work for.