Whether your employer houses confidential information or not, we’d all like to think that our private information is safe in general. However, with the passing of each year we hear more and more about data breaches and how unsafe we really are.
The most recent of these attacks on sensitive information was centered on Japan’s pension system. Identity Theft is a serious problem across the globe. Since 2005, there have been more than 5,000 reported breaches and 675 million records leaked. In this situation Japan’s pension system was hacked with more than one million files of personal information leaked.
According to the pension service staff, their computers were infiltrated by an external email virus that unearthed names, birth dates, addresses, and personal identification numbers. This attack really hit home for the country as pensions are peoples’ retirement plans and are considered sacred. Years of scrimping and saving can lead nowhere if the proper precautions aren’t taken for safety.
The IT department at STX Entertainment says there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your company if there is confidential information being stored. First and foremost, know which documents are maintained inside and outside your organization and who looks at them. What devices are being used to look up these vital documents? Is the software secure against computer attacks? Use strong passwords and change them at least a few times every year.
With a cautious mind and an aware mindset, you’ll be on your way to a leak-proof workplace in no time!