A data breach, whether that of a personal computer or a company system, can be a scary thing. While personal computers often contain the information of an individual, work computers and company systems can include private information of multiple colleagues and customers, causing breaches of these systems to potentially affect dozens or hundreds of people. As such, it is important to keep this information as safe and secure as possible.

So, how do you spot a data breach and what steps can be taken to prevent it from happening in the first place?

How to detect a breach

Time is of the essence with breaches, as much of the data is taken in the first few hours of the attack. Some indicators that your system has been compromised can include unexpected restarts, unusual and unexplained login times, and slower operating speeds. If these symptoms are noticed, it can be worth employing a cybersecurity professional who will be able to confirm or deny if a breach has occurred.

One of the best ways to ensure your company can detect any possible data breaches is to outsource and bring in cybersecurity professionals who are capable of detecting a breach and minimizing the damage that can occur from one.

How to prevent a data breach

Bring in cybersecurity experts

Ensure staff use secure, unique passwords and change them regularly

Use two-factor authentication (TFA)

Keep security software updated

Ensure staff are trained in detecting phishing

The Vice President of multifamily operational risk for Freddie Mac Multifamily, Michael Kenney says training and testing help keep staff at Freddie Mac aware of possible dangers.

“We have training. We have tested. Our information security folks will perform phishing operations on our employees. If you get caught, you go into training. And you will get tested again,” he says.

While data breaches aren’t always preventable, ensuring security practices are in place can be a positive step in boosting a company’s safety (and, by extension, profits). Education of employees in creating secure, unique passwords, adopting two-factor authentication where possible, and identifying phishing attempts should not be neglected. Keeping security software up to date and bringing in experts to employ methods such as ethical hacking can also be extremely beneficial in increasing the security of an organization’s systems and protecting the information of its employees and customers alike.

Originally posted at RuhaniRabin.com
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Ruhani Rabin being a tech and product evangelist for almost 20 years. He was VP, CPO for various digital companies. Plays with Drones in his free time.

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Ruhani Rabin

Ruhani Rabin being a tech and product evangelist for almost 20 years. He was VP, CPO for various digital companies. Plays with Drones in his free time.