October 29, 2015

    File Management Errors: Causes Behind 60% of Data Breaches

    From a certain perspective, data breaches are not necessarily something to be feared. We live in a world where they are now inevitable, especially when everything from medical data to credit card numbers is becoming more valuable on the black market with each passing day. Instead, data breaches are something to be learned from. With every piece of actionable information that you take away from someone else's mistake, you put yourself in a better position to avoid exactly that type of situation in the future. By learning more about the three types of miscellaneous file management errors that have resulted in an incredible 60% of all data breaches, you can then take steps within your own organization to avoid them.

    The 3 File Management Errors Resulting in Data Breaches

    Sensitive Information Reaching the Incorrect Recipients

    We've all accidentally sent an e-mail to the wrong person at some point in our lives. You meant to send your weekend plans to Jason and instead sent them to Aaron, and suddenly Aaron now has to be invited to that big upcoming party or you'll have a pretty awkward situation on your hands. The same concept is true in the world of business, but on a much larger scale. Sensitive information reaching incorrect recipients is responsible for 30% of all data breach situations across all industries today. SFTP is thankfully one of the best ways to avoid this type of catastrophe, as it makes data available to relevant parties and thanks to things like user permissions and folder hierarchies, automatically disallows people who shouldn't have access to that data in the first place.

    Publishing Non-Public Data to Public Servers

    Treating a public server like a private one, whether intentionally or unintentionally, accounts for 17% of all data breaches today. This is yet another issue that could be avoided completely through SFTP, as all information is only accessible to those who you choose to provide credentials to. Even when the information is at rest it can be encrypted, meaning that anyone without the appropriate key won't be able to glean any mission-critical information from it at all.

    Insecure Disposal of Personal and Medical Data

    Another significant issue that is the cause of many data breaches is the insecure disposal of both personal and medical data. Many of these issues stem from file management errors, or the assumption that an organization has done enough to properly dispose of data when in reality nothing could be farther from the truth. SFTP is yet another valuable tool in a business' arsenal that will help guard against this type of situation and is especially valuable for those who have a need to stay HIPAA compliant in the digital world, like healthcare facilities.


    Martin Horan

    Martin, Sharetru's Founder, brings deep expertise in secure file transfer and IT, driving market niche success through quality IT services.

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