It’s been quite a year in cybersecurity. 2014 saw many high-profile hacks, leaks and breaches. The most recent attack on Sony was among a handful of massive data breaches this year including those against eBay, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase.
Ultimately, what we have learned is that cybersecurity is not an option. It is essential – for both individuals and businesses. Cybersecurity must be a top IT priority in every business. These cyber attacks have affected millions of consumers – their passwords and personal information were stolen – and, this has become front-page news in the process.
It’s important to be aware of the cybersecurity climate we all live in and to be educated. When it comes to what we have learned over this last year; data breaches are on an exponential rise. But, individuals and companies can make changes. Protect your employees, your brand, reputation and lastly, your bottom line. Paying for security is a small fraction of the value it creates and saves you – it’s well worth it.
At Keeper, we believe every piece of confidential information inside a company should be encrypted and stored in a military-grade vault. Everyone deserves to have a “Fort Knox.” And, right now, the company that isn’t prepared has to be reactive and that’s a very painful situation to be in.
Companies have a fiduciary duty to their employees to be proactive with cybersecurity in protecting their private information. It’s a good time for all companies to review their security measures, policies and internal controls. Change your passwords and make them strong – use letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t save plain-text files in an unencrypted and unsecure system. Check employee log files, engage in threat detection and use a password manager and digital vault like Keeper. Once a company’s employees start using Keeper – they love it. It’s amazing how easy and secure it is – think of Keeper as hardcore hacker repellant on steroids.
As the year comes to an end, we reflect back on what we’ve seen and what we’ve learned. It’s painful to keep reading about these breaches in the news. We have learned a great deal from these hacks but most importantly, we find peace in knowing that we can help – in a huge way.