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Top 4 Causes of Data Loss

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Top 4 Causes of Data Loss

1.Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access. Two common methods today are through malicious spam and malvertising. Malicious spam is unsolicited email that is used to deliver malware while malvertising is the use of online advertising to distribute malware with little to no user interaction required.

2. BYOD/ Mobility

In today’s age of flexible working, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy is becoming popular. This means employees are expected to use their personal devices such as mobile phones and laptops to carry out their tasks. For many organizations, implementing a BYOD policy is cost-effective but is this saving worth it to put your business at risk? The weakest link in your business’ security is its endpoint devices. Laptops, mobile phones and other devices sensitive data are not always secure against attack, especially compared to network-secured desktop devices. Furthermore, while 55 percent of employees BYOD, only 26 percent change log-in credentials on a monthly basis. In addition, only 25 percent of these employees update the security protocols and operating systems on their devices each month.

3. Hardware

More than two-fifth of users lose data because of hardware or system malfunctions. The hardware or system malfunctions can be shown in many forms, such as, electrical failure, head crash, controller failure, etc.

4. Human Error

Believe or not, human error is also one of the most common causes of data loss. Normally, there are two kinds of human errors causing data loss, one is clicking Delete or Format button to erase something we don’t mean to, and another one is causing physical damages because of dropping or failing our storage device by accident.

Condition Zebra (an International IT security services, Training and Certification provider) would like to share our point of view on this matter. Most of the time, systems are vulnerable to data loss due to these 4 causes and usually come from within the organization. That is why continuous employee training is a core matter to prevent vulnerabilities towards data loss. The problem is that organizations tend to place more importance on back-end security (for example firewalls). They may forget the most important part is the front-end security.

To prevent data loss, implementing the right security measure is the key. Claim your FREE Penetration Testing with us, so you can find loopholes in your system and join our Cyber Security Training today!

Why wait? Speak to one of our consultants about how you can strengthen your security measures NOW!

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