What is Data Breach? How Does One Happen?

Because of various innovations in technology, we are becoming more dependent on it, especially with everything accessible on the internet like online shopping, bank transactions, and more. One thing that comes with online transactions is the idea of becoming more vulnerable to threats and cyber attacks. Data breaches are just one of the most common threats everyone should be aware of. Data breaches are not just temporary or human error, they can lead to more serious and sensitive damage to your life.

Businesses, organizations, government agencies, and individuals can have the same experience in terms of data breaches. For businesses and other organizations, more complications may arise once sensitive information has been exposed.

Without proper knowledge of data breaches, a massive effect of data breaches can be expected.


How do Data Breaches happen?

There are many objects that can lead to data breaches. Some popular cases result in human error, such as:

  • Lost or stolen devices - Unprotected and unencrypted smart devices such as smartphones, laptops, and external hard drives may contain confidential information.
  • Malicious insider - This person will purposely access or share data that will lead to getting your personal and sensitive information. These kinds of people can do harm to businesses in more serious ways.
  • Accidental insider - This can be a friend or a co-worker who accidentally accesses your files without any authorization. The files that have been viewed by an unauthorized person are considered as data breach.
  • Cybercriminals - These are hackers who are using a certain program to gather information from a company or individuals.


How To Recover :

  1. Know exactly what information has been stolen

First, know exactly what information that hacker has stolen from you. Would it be just a plain name and address? Or more sensitive information such as birthdate, credit/debit card, Social Security Number, or other bank details? Report it to the proper department/company.


  1. Create new and stronger passwords

Setting up new and stronger passwords must be the next thing you must do after a data breach. If you have online accounts that you think have been hacked, immediately change your password to a more complex but easy-to-remember password.


  1. Update your security system

Check if your anti-virus software is updated. Install a firewall if needed, it will increase your network security by blocking malicious sites and other types of viruses.


  1. Consult a cybersecurity expert

It is always better to seek assistance from cybersecurity experts and ask for better solutions and recommendations on what kind of network security fits you.


Do not undermine hackers and cybercriminals, they're growing and getting smarter day after day.

Our best defense against cybercriminals is the knowledge, awareness, and program that will give us the best cybersecurity service.


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