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Data Breaches On the Rise

Futuristic technology interfaceIn a recent study, nearly half of American Businesses have experienced data breaches in 2014, up 10% from 2013.

A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a private research organization that studies information security policy, found that data breaches are on the rise. Nearly 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach in 2014, compared to only 33 percent in 2013. The increase in data breaches, along with the high-profile ones that occurred this last year, show that cyber security is more important than ever. Read on to learn four ways to increase your company’s cyber security this year.

Increase Your Cyber Security in 2015

Based on the number of incidents, 2014 could be considered the “Year of the Data Breach.” But in 2015, even more businesses could end up falling victim to a breach, so you should stop considering a data breach as a possibility and recognize it as an expectation—and take the right steps to protect your company’s data.

Four things to focus on to increase your cyber security in 2015:

  1. nsaUse multiple proactive defenses: Relying only on your antivirus protection or firewall is not enough anymore. You may need to start from the beginning to create a multilayered approach to ensure that all your data and every device used in your network is protected.
  2. Protect your data: Control who can access certain information by creating different levels of access based on a user’s role within your company.
  3. Consider two-factor authentication: This security step helps prevent a hacker from using stolen or shared credentials against you. This can also be an effective layer in your multi-layered approach.
  4. Work with your security measures: Stringent security measures can negatively
    affect user productivity if it impedes users’ freedom and flexibility. This year, be
    proactive about your cyber security. The best way to combat a data breach is to be
    ready and prevent it before it happens.