The 3 Big Causes of Data Breaches

A big fear in many businesses is the occurrence of data breaches. Data breaches can strike at any time due to a number of factors and leave devastating results. There are many criminals online and off that are looking for attention, looking to make some extra money, or looking to simply burn your business. With new technological advances, completing a security breach has become an easy task with a little bit of skill, patience, and motive.

The average cost of a breach is around $277 in the United States, and $214 in Germany. These numbers aren’t the total cost for a breach; they are the loss per records. The average number of records lost is 2,300.

Big Causes Of Data Breaches

Causes of Data Breaches

All types of business are vulnerable to these breaches from large franchises to small startups. Don’t ever think that your business is an exception and let your guard down. There are many breaches each month that can be prevented, but what can you look out for if you don’t know the reason a breach takes place? Knowing the most common causes can be the start in protecting your business from this disaster. Below we have mentioned the 3 big causes of data breaches.

1. Weak Passwords

Hacking is one of the biggest causes of security breaches. To limit the people who have access to your systems, it is best to use strong and unique passwords. Around 76% network intrusions noted are due to weak passwords guarding the devices.

When devices such as laptops, tablets, cell phones, computers, etc. are ‘protected’ with weak passwords, hackers can easily break into your systems and steal information. Weak passwords in business emails result in the hack of emails. This exposes subscriptions, important information, and financial information as well as allows hackers to sign up on websites using your email address and business name, possible ruining your reputation.

Your payment processor (such as PayPal) should be handled with the more care and security. When the processor is not guarded with a strong password, your account can be hacked and wiped out of its funds.

2. Negligent Employees

In a time of stress, exhaustion, or horseplay your employees can start to neglect the importance of internet security. When this occurs, your business is at a higher risk for accidently exposing sensitive information to the public. Around 35% of breaches happen because distracted employees are trusted to handle documents, and let them slip away.

3. Malicious Attacks

More than 37% of security breaches were caused by malicious attacks in 2012. There are many types of malicious attacks that can happen within a business. Some malicious attacks can happen when website source codes, business plans, customer information, billing information, or propriety software is leaked.

Always complete a thorough check of the new employees you hire because a lot of malicious attacks are from insiders who has access to business information. These are the causes of data breaches and they happen often in every type of business, and it is important to properly secure and protect your information. If you want to be saved from a costly breach, setting up a plan to help prevent and solve breaches is the best option for a successful business with low risks.

Your Blog Can Help Feed 50 Children — Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra is a foundation for midday meal program. It is a Non-Governmental Organization in India. It runs the world’s largest NGO midday meal program for underprivileged school children.

Akshaya Patra and IndiBlogger

What started in Bangalore 10 years ago as a pilot programme has now expanded to 18 locations across 8 states in India to feed over 1.2 million children today. For ten years Akshaya Patra has worked to provide underprivileged children in India with freshly cooked, nutritious food. Their mission now is to serve 5 million (50 lakh) children by 2020.

How To Make Your Blog Feed 50 Children

  • Become a member of IndiBlogger, if you haven’t.
  • Blog about Akshaya Patra cause and urge your readers to support it. Give them the link to make a donation online.
  • Then Submit your post on IndiVine.
  • For every valid blog post, Akshaya Patra will be able to feed 50 children.

YOU can make a difference. All you need to do is click and donate. A contribution of just Rs. 525 (projected cost) will help them feed a child for a year. This one meal will give that child much needed nutrition and energy. It will also transform its life. You can donate online through Credit/Debit cards, Wire transfer, and Internet banking.

Akshaya Patra — Online Donations [Link Here]

HBB Initiative — World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse [November 19th, 2010]

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse on 19 November each year is intended to create a global culture towards the worldwide prevention of child abuse. The World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse is an initiative of the Women’s World Summit Foundation, a coalition of close to 1000 member organizations in 135 countries.


HBB’s Contribution To Prevent Child Abuse Online

Not everyone is aware about ‘Online Behavior’, which creates lots of problems to children. Now my idea is to teach minimum of 10 children about how to behave properly in Social Networks and about the thing called ‘Privacy’. How will this help them?

  • Will prevent them from revealing their photos, personal phone numbers, emails, residential address or school name.
  • Won’t meet someone she/he knows online. If they really wish to meet, they will take an adult with them.
  • They will know about SPAM emails and they will not click on any suspicious links from emails.
  • They won’t do video chatting or voice chatting with strangers unless they are really sure.
  • They will know how to react when they are abused online. They will talk with an adult whom they trust.
  • More than this, they will spread the word.

I also want to take this step further, from ‘teaching kids online’ to ‘teaching kids offline’. It helps them to understand easily then. If everything works, I’ll get permission from a nearby school to teach them about ‘Online Security’. I hope you will also do your part and prevent at least a child from getting abused online.

Posted in Public Interest for November 19th, World Day For Prevention Of Child Abuse