This year’s RSA conference in San Francisco was busier then ever showing how data security is now on everyone’s agenda. It’s not just an issue of protecting data within your own network. What happens when you share your files with your vendors, accountants, lawyers or contractors? Do they store your data on unencrypted laptops? Even SMBs are not immune to this problem. Which is why Alertsec has now launched the new concept of “3rd Party Protection”. Read the article below for more details.
FBI vs. Apple continues
FBI vs. Apple is stirring up heated feelings for and against. The arguments are complex, as our CEO Ebba Blitz explains: “The goal with encryption is to protect us from hackers and cybercriminals. By weakening security, we put ourselves at risk. At the same time, the overall risk worsens when the bad guys find strong encryption elsewhere and go dark. Weaker encryption creates vulnerabilities for the good guys and capabilities for the bad guys”. The debate is clearly going to continue for some time.
Large organizations are recognizing the risk of a data breach arising from their suppliers’ inadequate data security measures. As well as protecting data in-house, they are now gearing-up security measures within their subcontractors and affiliates. How do you extend and enforce data protection when your own IT budget is limited, or your suppliers are unable to provide and pay for security measures being imposed by all their clients simultaneously?
Alertsec now offers a stepping-stone, Encryption for third-party suppliers. We can now provide a dedicated portal for your third-party suppliers so they can purchase and install encryption on all devices handling data. And it doesn’t stop there: you will be able to monitor the uptake of encryption by your third party suppliers; or you can push installations if required, so you can be confident that your data is protected in the ongoing battle.
How does it work? For more information, read more on our website, or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help you get started.
A report analyzing data breaches in California states that ''securing information is the ethical and legal responsibility of the organizations with which individuals entrust their personal information.''
From 2012 to 2015, 657 reported data breaches affected more than 49 million records of Californians in a variety of industries. The report recommends consistently using strong encryption to protect personal information on laptops and other portable devices (and possibly on desktop computers), particularly in the health care sector where 55 percent of the breaches resulted from failures to encrypt.
According to Michael Ebert, KPMG partner and healthcare leader at the firm’s Cyber Practice, the value of healthcare information means that the cyber security threat in this sector has grown exponentially. Four recently reported data breaches at healthcare providers have highlighted employee error as the most common cause; for example accidently sending an email with sensitive information, lost laptops, storage devices and mobile devices. Montana’s New West Health Services announced that an unencrypted laptop was stolen from an off-site location. In New York, a USB drive was stolen from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. The Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital reported two breaches, a stolen unencrypted laptop and a missing storage device that may have exposed 29,324 patients' data.