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Posted on: July 6th 2022

What are Data Security Threats?

What is Data Security?

As the name suggests, data security is all about protecting an organisation’s data from being lost or encrypted by internal or external threats. These threats can lead to the loss or misuse of data through ransomware or other attacks that can modify the existing data. Data security also involves managing the authorisation of its people, which means it consists in granting or restricting access wherever needed. 

Why is Data Security important?

For an organisation to work efficiently, its data and employees must be well protected from third-party attackers. It’s almost similar to breaking into someone’s house and stealing their valuables. Data breaches can lead to severe repercussions, such as losing reputation, financial, brand value, or even their most important stakeholders, such as the customers, employees, and investors. One such data breach was Yahoo’s when more than three billion accounts were comprised in 2013. Yahoo even gave a statement stating that many personal information such as names, numbers, locations, passwords, and the date of birth were stolen. Such impacts have a long-lasting effect on people, and gaining back the lost trust will be painful.

Common Data Security Threats 

  • Ransomware – This is one of the most common data breaches and is still a massive threat to organisations. Ransomware is a virus that corrupts corporate devices and networks by encrypting the data.  
  • Phishing or Social Engineering Attacks – Such types of attacks mainly target the employees of an organisation to reveal sensitive data. It involves manipulating the employees through emails or messages with faulty links and once the employee clicks on it, the device and the networks are compromised.
  • Accidental Loss – Well, not all data breaches are intentionally done, some threats such as accidental exposure is also seen to be pretty common. Employees sometime share information or sensitive data without their knowledge, such as when they work on personal devices instead of work ones, or when they connect to a public network. All these negligent practices can have severe impact on an organisation’s data.
  •  Insider Threats – Insider threats mean employees who intentionally or unintentionally compromise an organisation’s data. These threats can be divided into three types, one being the users who do it intentionally, second being the users who do it unintentionally and the last type where the users credentials were compromised without the user knowing.
  • SQL Injection – SQL Injection is another common technique that hackers use to gain unauthorised access and steal sensitive data. An SQL injection involves adding malicious code to the devices or networks that can act as a catalyst in the hacker’s goals of getting admin access, data and intellectual property. 

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