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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Firms face a wide variety of IT security threats

Category:   Secure File Transfer

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For many years, IT security has been a critical consideration for organizations of all kinds. In recent times, however, the importance, and difficulty, of achieving a robust, comprehensive, reliable IT security strategy has become even more crucial. Firms now accumulate and generate more data than ever before, and this information is applied in an ever-increasing variety of ways. For many companies, virtually every employee regularly works with critical corporate data as a basic component of performing his or her job functions. Data has become more valuable, and the opportunities for loss or theft have increased exponentially, creating the need for more and better secure file sharing solutions.

Recently, Japan Today highlighted a number of the biggest data security threats companies currently face. Of these, the two most notable were targeted espionage and unintentional loss.

Data threats
As the news source noted, many IT professionals may not truly realize how valuable of a target their firms may be. The presumption among many workers may be that the company does not possess any digital data worth stealing, and therefore will not be a likely candidate for cybercriminals. However, the truth of the matter is that just about every company possesses valuable information of some kind or another. The most obvious examples of this is sensitive data such as credit card or Social Security numbers, which can yield immediate financial benefits for cyberattackers.

It is also important to note that cybercriminals are also increasingly targeting corporate data that may prove indirectly beneficial, such as intellectual property. Hackers can then sell this information to the company's rivals, or even threaten to release the data unless the victim pays a ransom.

The fact of the matter is that every company can become a target, meaning that each firm needs to invest in high quality secure file sharing and storage tools to ensure data remains protected.

Accidental loss
This is equally true in regard to accidental losses. Japan Today noted that IT professionals are often surprised by how unaware many employees are of security best practices. Additionally, the news source pointed out that the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployments has greatly increased the risk employees pose to corporate security.

"[BYOD] has made it extremely difficult to keep track of who and what is connecting to the network, resulting in less control and increased security risks," the news source explained.

Tools needed
The risks presented by both external and insider threats are further evidence of the need for robust secure file sharing solutions. With high-quality tools, firms can greatly reduce the likelihood that attackers will succeed in acquiring corporate data, as well as the possibility that an employee's inadvertent error will lead to data breach. With dependable solutions in place, data sent to and by employees will be less vulnerable at all times, even as security threats continue to evolve.