14th October 2019 All Posts

Security Monday: Preventing Data Breaches

Welcome to week two of our ‘Security Monday’ top tips. The topic this week is ‘Preventing Data Breaches’ and we have some tips from our Security Lead Jaabeer.

You can expect more of these top tips each week. We suggest that you share them with your staff to keep all of your data super secure. See last week’s post on safe browsing habits here.

Data Breaches

Under GDPR a data breach is defined as ‘a breach of security that leads to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.’

Data breaches are, unfortunately, a lot more common than people realise. Data breaches are an unfortunate by-product of weak security and as we create a new account for each new web service we use, the risk of our details being compromised increases. Therefore, it is essential that we follow best practice in both in the workplace and for personal accounts…

Top tips:

  • Use a unique password for each account
  • Ensure you change your passwords on a regular basis (annually is a good compromise)
  • Make sure your passwords are strong (the latest recommendations are to use a ‘passphrase’ of around 16 characters)
  • Where possible, use 2-factor authentication for increased security
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About the Author

Jaabeer works in the Information Security and Data Protection industry and is a Certified GDPR Practitioner . He has a wealth of experience working in the information technology, healthcare and energy industry as a Security Lead and Information Security Analyst.