IT has kept us connected through the ages
Information technology (IT) has come a long way since 1978, when the name was first coined. It has done wonders for the economy and kept people connected.
Millions of people around the world rely on technology to stay connected to one another.
Not only has IT improved the quality of life, but it has helped promote and campaign practical and important issues.
Being more connected to one another has proven to have many benefits. It has also made protecting the things we care about more difficult too. Services like the Cloud and Amazon Web Services store sensitive and personal data are targets of cyber attacks due to the poor configurations by the consumers, and the possible value the data possesses. Pair this with tech savy cyber criminals and data breaches will continue to rise.
Some of the ways in which data can be breached:
- Spyware: A malware that infects your computer or network to steal personal information, or other sensitive data it can acquire.
- Insecure passwords: Simple and easy to guess passwords make it easy for cyber criminals to gain access to sensitive information.
- Phishing: A form of social engineering that aim to manipulate or trick you into revealing sensitive information like usernames or passwords.
- Broken/ misconfigured access controls: Having good passwords or cybersecurity can be bypassed if the configurations are weak.
- Exploiting system vulnerabilities: A type of cyber attack that takes advantage of software bugs or vulnerabilities to gain access to a system or its data.
A result of a data breach can be identity theft, loss of sensitive information, or other sensitive information like access to social media accounts. For this reason, many countries have required that companies inform their customers if there has been a breach.