Data Breach On The Horizon: Best Practices to Protect Your Assets [McAfee]

It happened to Sony in 2011, and LinkedIn this spring. It’s no secret that data breaches are on the rise. Database security is phenomenally critical to a company’s overall health. A serious breach can result in extreme monetary damage composed of bad publicity, noncompliance fines and business disruption. It can tarnish the reputation of even the most wildly successful organization.

Database security is becoming increasingly complex. One of the reasons for this is that the typical hacker profile has changed dramatically in recent years. Hackers were once thought to be gifted loners only seeking mischief and mayhem. Today, that image has evolved into far more sophisticated organized crime rings of cyberfraud professionals. Their work is long-term focused and is far more damaging. They seek financial gain rather than mischief, and their stealthy tendency leaves no trace of their presence.

Security threats are not limited to external agents – internal users are guilty too. A 2012 study by Ponemon Institute, Aftermath of Data Breach, identified insiders and third parties as most common causes of data breaches. Of incidents that were successfully traced to a root cause, 34 percent were attributed to negligent insiders, 19 percent traced to third-party data outsourcers, and 16 percent to malicious insiders.

With these sophisticated threats created by well-hidden, brilliant professionals ever evolving, mutilating, and knocking at your door, what are the best practices to keep your database security in check? [Read more…]