Stages of Data Vulnerability & Their Risks

Stages of Data Vulnerability & Their Risks

Protecting your data at every stage of its lifecycle is essential. The latest data destruction software can help lower data leaks, identity theft and other security risks. To help you understand your data vulnerability risk, here are the stages at which your information may be exposed.

Network Level

Unauthorized access to your network is possible through laptop computers and unsecure mobile devices. Even an Ethernet port can be used to tap directly into network resources. Wireless Access Points and other digital assets can exploit vulnerabilities as well, while an unsupervised individual in a server room can put your data at risk.

A bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy can increase security risks when employees use their cell phones and other devices at work. Unified Threat Management (UTM) can secure your firewalls and routers, while patch updates and stateful packet inspection can aid in preventing malicious attacks. If you’re establishing private connections over public networks, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help.

System Level

Hackers can exploit your system at various levels. Email phishing is one example of system level data vulnerability. Someone watching you enter a password during login can be too. Programs such as Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Oracle Java can present system level vulnerabilities, as can unsecured cloud storage systems.

You can improve system level security by monitoring hardware assets such as servers and routers. Online monitoring tools provide software monitoring solutions. Backing up data in different physical locations can protect your assets in the event of a malicious attack. You also want to ensure the system is maintained regularly to improve safety, reliability, and scalability.

Data Level

There are various security vulnerabilities when it comes to data. Unsecured mobile devices, cloud storage applications, and third-party service provider systems are just a few. You can even add unhappy employees to the list. Data in storage and in motion are vulnerable unless you have proper security measures in place.

To reduce the risks, consider measures such as data encryption to address threats from outside and inside your network. Documents should be protected with role-based access control, while an effective data erasure strategy can protect sensitive information about your company, assets, employees, clients, and customers.

The Risks of Data Vulnerability

Without a means to protect information, your business is at risk of data loss. Malicious ransomware can encrypt your data, causing permanent loss of information; this can affect the well-being of your business, including its reputation. Data theft can lead to violations in data privacy and confidentiality, causing legal issues. Unauthorized access to your system can trigger an outage or compromise critical business data, leading to costly downtime.

Maximizing Data Protection

Data sanitization is one way to protect your information. Permanently eliminating information prevents unwanted entities from accessing it. You should, therefore, erase confidential information, email client data, browsing history, cookies, and storage assets on all unused media.

WipeDrive Enterprise from WhiteCanyon Software is a remote data destruction tool that erases data permanently from hard drives, SSDs, remote devices, and removable media. It also complies with a range of national and international regulatory and technical standards. For more details about our data destruction software, contact us at 801-224-2952.

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