Security Threats to Personal Data Storage

The personal data stored by many companies and individuals are at risk due to security risks that can be used for financial gain, damage to a person or business, or both. Hackers are always working to find weaknesses and exploit them to gain access to high-value information.

Personal data security risks can range from physical break-ins at the corporate headquarters, to a tornado destroying an entire facility. They can also include hackers accessing computers via the public WiFi network, or even a card scanner at the point of sale that is able to read the credit or debit card information of a customer. Social engineering attacks can also be used to fool employees into divulging confidential information or allowing security breaches due to software vulnerabilities.

The most frequent security risks to personal data storage include a breach of encryption that renders data unreadable, loss of hardware, such as a laptop or external drive and a weak password protection. The best way to mitigate these risks is to keep abreast of the latest system updates, and encrypt your devices and files, use an extremely secure password, stay away from unsecure public WiFi networks, and remove information that you do not require.

When it comes down to protecting the personal data storage of your business, you can also take the necessary steps to prevent security breaches by blocking your screen when away from your desk, and using a VPN or virtual private network when connecting to the internet, and only sharing your screen when you need to. You can also set up access controls that limit what each employee can see, so that payroll and HR staff only see their own personal information while sales staff do not see any confidential customer information.