Avoiding Security Breaches

According to a CyberFactors LLC survey*, there were more than 1400 cyber breaches/incidents in 2012 with more than 20% of those breaches involving insiders or third party contractors. Of those breaches, most involved the theft of personal information. So what’s a CIO or CISO to do? In their recent webcast discussing common causes of data breaches, John Landy, CTO at Intralinks and Heidi Shey, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research described ways an organization can control and protect its data.


25 January 2013

According to a CyberFactors LLC survey*, there were more than 1400 cyber breaches/incidents in 2012 with more than 20% of those breaches involving insiders or third party contractors. Of those breaches, most involved the theft of personal information. So what’s a CIO or CISO to do?

In their recent webcast discussing common causes of data breaches, John Landy, CTO at Intralinks and Heidi Shey, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research described ways an organization can control and protect its data.

The first step is to define the data and classify the sensitive information, making it easier to control. Most organizations have data in a variety of places - on hard drives, in email, on ftp servers - making it hard to track who has access to that information.

The second step is to then look at that data and evaluate it for threats. Then you can more safely protect your data, by limiting access or even removing data once it’s no longer needed. However, even if information access is limited, once someone gains access and files are removed, there’s usually no way to protect that data anymore.

Organizations need to think about enabling a system that allows complete control of data throughout its lifecycle and no matter where it is located. Documents need to be encrypted, and sent via a system that provides a complete audit trail so you can track who has your data and where it’s going. Without a system like this in place, the highly profiled data breaches last year will only become even more common.

Click here to listen to the complete webcast.

*Note: This data comes from CyberFactors, a wholly owned subsidiary of CyberRiskPartners and sister company of CloudInsure.com. This data only includes publicly reported security incidents and breaches.



Esther Hollander

Esther Hollander

Esther is a senior corporate communications manager at Intralinks. She provides content for internal and external communications activity as well as general corporate positioning in order to support overall company objectives. Esther has been creating communications materials for a variety of organizations and companies for more than 10 years. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature.