It’s written into the Constitution that you have an expectation of privacy, but where data security is concerned, cyber criminals in our midst have no regard for such rights. This is true in respect to the Internet of Things (IoT), which includes machine learning, sensors, and monitoring software. While IoT efforts are beneficial in improving productivity, they can also lead to security risks.
In a perfect world, your data would be respected as information meant for your eyes only. The data you have on your customers should most certainly live up to that standard, but are you doing everything you can to protect their information as well as your company’s sensitive data?
Data privacy technology is stepping up to fight those who would infiltrate our systems, but there are inherent risks involved. Biometric authentication is a security process that takes into account unique biological characteristics – such as fingerprints and facial features – among others that give access to applications as well as physical spaces. Artificial intelligence improvements have taken a big part in this advancement, however, there are negative side effects to this process.
For example, when you want to change your password to an account, it’s a fairly simple process. But when you provide your biological data to a system that grants access, you can’t replace that information. This is one reason why health data breaches have soared in the last decade, and it has made the IoT data privacy even more relevant.
A common sense approach is to use stronger passwords, which makes it more difficult to breach accounts. Another is to limit your use of biometric information and to keep your software current, including new security patches meant to protect your information.
Most organizations rely on their data analytics to make better decisions going forward, which can lead to an overabundance of data being collected. However, when you practice minimal data collection, you can reduce your chances of losing that data. This is to say that you should only collect what you need, and you should purge irrelevant data on a regular basis.
Also, look at what you can do to control who has access to your data. One of the weakest links between your data and prying eyes is your workforce, which is prone to human error, leaving doors open to cyber criminals. When low-level employees are given unfettered access to data you open yourself up to more risk. Prioritize access so people only get their hands on what they need to carry out their daily tasks. This is especially important in regard to sensitive data.
Finally, practice ongoing education efforts. This will keep everyone with access to your system updated on the latest security concerns. You should also make them accountable for their password hygiene. Education awareness can be the impenetrable “firewall” that keeps your data safe.
At Cory Communications, we offer our clients a customized approach to data privacy through the recommendation of infrastructure and services that will vastly improve their business practices and their approach to security. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting us today.