Five Information Security Issues We All Face Today

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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Article by Philip J Reed

Technology has done a great deal for changing the way we live and do business today. While the benefits are numerous, however, there have been challenges that come with that development.

Here’s a look at some of the information security issues we all face...

Awareness

A blog post by Rik Ferguson for Trend Micro says awareness and education are key issues surrounding information security today. People must understand and accept the risks that come with using technology and the Internet in particular.

By knowing threats are present, they can learn to use these luxuries carefully, and not blindly accept that someone will have the solutions for any problems they may face.

Complacent Businesses

We place considerable faith in businesses to safeguard our personal information. However, some companies are not always as proactive about defending files as they could be, Ferguson suggested.

In fact some don’t strengthen protective measures already in place until information breaches or near-breaches occur. Customers want to know their information is protected, and businesses often have a legal obligation to plan ahead and monitor their client files as much as possible.

A Wealth of Online Possibilities

Online banking, smart phones, credit cards, bill pay, and countless other Internet options open individuals to numerous hacking risks and opportunities for criminals to try stealing personal information.

Careful selection of account passwords, safeguarding Social Security numbers, and being absolutely certain that companies are reputable will help individuals handle some of these risks.

Recognizing Problems

Not every threat can be avoided, but being able to recognize the warning signs of identity theft might keep a problem from escalating as much as it could have if left unchecked.

Unauthorized account changes or withdrawals, unexplained denials of credit, and letters or phone calls about services or products you haven’t requested are all good indicators that you might have a problem on your hands and that steps should be taken to stop these issues.

Risk Management

Companies and individuals are responsible for managing the risks associated with keeping personal information in computer files.

People and businesses should know what information is in their files, and keep only what is absolutely necessary. Then, plans must be made to keep those essential files safe.

What You Can Do

If you’re interested in joining the ranks of qualified professionals who work daily to keep information and technology safe and secure, consider attending college for information technology training.

You’ll learn how to prevent cyber attacks and teach people how to protect their important files. Many colleges and universities offer this degree; start checking for schools if this sounds like the right profession for you.

About the Author:

This guest post has been provided by Philip J Reed on behalf of Westwood College. Westwood offers degrees in many programs, including information technology training. They have an extensive online course catalogue, and are always available to answer any questions you may have about the degrees they offer.

Talkback and comments are most welcome...

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