Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Common Data Security Concerns

What people worry about is that there data can be copied or transferred so easily threw emails or USB drives and this is why most people won't join companies they don't know much about it.

Also what most business's don't think about is physical security a lot of companies do not have there servers in a secure room they'll just have them out in the open, by putting your servers in a secure room your protecting your company and your job.

Another major security concern is that people don't actually keep up to date with there security software updates, by keeping your software up to date your keeping the latest threats out.

The legal issues

Access to high security levels should only be given to the people that only actually need the access for their day to day work. In an average working environment that would just be the technicians and the managers or bosses.

The legal issues when using a computer in business surround, around the 8 principals which are:

Fairly and lawfully processed
Processed for limited purposes
Adequate, relevant and not excessive
Accurate and up to date
Not kept for longer than is necessary
Processed in line with your rights
Secure
Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection

All these 8 principles are put in place to keep peoples details private and to stop fraud

The legal issues involving the computer misuse act

Unauthorized access to a computer system with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of a serious crime, This is normally done by virus's breaching your computer but it could also be hackers if you have information that is worth money to them on your computer such as credit card details bank statements anything to do with your personal details so basically any information that is valuable that can be sold on the internet

Also another is

Unauthorized modification of computer material, This only mainly happens in big industries with big companies that have valuable information but this can also happen if an employee has got mad at the company and has decided to get his own back by modifying the information, deleting it or even sell it if it's high in value.

How to protect your data, software and hardware from potential threats

To protect your computers or servers from potential threats the best thing to do would be to buy the best software to protect your computers and servers with. I would recommend Sophos considering it's the leading number one anti virus protector for companies.

Like I have said physical threats are a big deal and not many people have the right precautions to protect there hardware all your hard drives and servers should all be locked away in a room and be surrounded with cages.

Viruses

Viruses happen to everyone, every one has had them at some point and most the time they are harmless to your computer or you won't even notice you've got them but in other cases they can be deadly and crash your computer. So to stop this happening I would recommend you have a decent antivirus such as:
- Mcafee
- AVG,
- Nod32.
- Kaspersky

Or if it's a business I highly recommend `Sophos. `

Make sure you scan your system/s everyday.

Spyware

Spyware can happen to every one as well and you won't even know about it. It doesn't really do any harm to your computer its self, but it will do harm to the information you have stored on your computer like credit card details the only way you could tell if you have spyware on your computer is if its running a lot slower then it normal does or scan your computer with anti spyware software such as:
- Spybot search and destroy,
- AVG
- Windows defender

Hackers

Hackers are a serious problem but if your just a regular user of the internet I doubt you will get hacked that seriously but if you did get hacked you would be in serious trouble so the best way to protect your self from hackers really is to keep update with all your anti viruses/spyware and especially your firewall!!

Physical threats

Physical threats can just be as serious as the threats you get on your computer or be even worse because if someone took your hard drive out your tower they won't just get certain information they will get all your information, and also your computer won't work so to stop this happening you should put caging around your computers and servers so no one can get in to them and have restricted access to them.

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