Common Causes of Data Leaks and Breaches

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    What should you watch out for when it comes to preventing data-related crises?

    Cybercrime against organizations around the world is big business, and can cost big money for those impacted. Beyond the immediate financial damage, having to announce you’ve exposed valuable data shakes trust in your organization and can lead to long-term damage if you’re not careful. In a helpful infographic, UK tech experts Core explain the six most common external threats and data leaks that result in data being breached today, which are:

    1. Weak Credentials – aka simple and reused passwords.
    2. Stolen/Lost Devices – particularly misplaced laptops and mobile phones.
    3. Unsecure Access – often logging in from personal devices.
    4. Outdated Antivirus – simply not updating often enough to stay ahead of hackers.
    5. Ransomware/Phishing – being duped into allowing malware onto a device.
    6. Leaked Data – a direct leak, whether accidental or on purpose.


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    [Jonathan Bernstein is president of Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., an international crisis management consultancy, author of Manager’s Guide to Crisis Management and Keeping the Wolves at Bay – Media Training. Erik Bernstein is vice president for the firm, and also editor of its newsletter, Crisis Manager]

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