Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by SecurElement Infrastructure Solutions.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus was absolutely right when he said that “change is the only constant in life,” and the cyber threat landscape is no exception. In our day-to-day business lives, we’ve almost become accustomed to hearing about security breaches, email phishing scams, ransomware or other cyber-attacks. According to the Cost of Data Breach study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach (per incident) is upwards of $3,500,000. So how do we protect ourselves?
One of the quickest ways for cyber criminals to access private data is through weak passwords. According to Securityweek.com, 75% of individuals use only three or four passwords across all their accounts. In today’s digital age where we practically live online, it’s easy to understand why people reuse passwords across accounts. With this in mind, Microsoft took authentication further with its convenient two-factor authentication through Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello.
Windows Hello is the biometrics system built into Windows that provides authentication by using your face, iris or fingerprint to unlock your devices, all with technology that is much safer than traditional passwords. Microsoft Passport is a two-factor authentication system that combines a PIN or biometrics with encrypted keys from a user’s device to provide two-factor authentication.
You can learn more about Windows Hello from this great blog post.
Another area of concern is around protecting proprietary or confidential data. While multi-tasking or working, have you ever quickly fired off an email only to then realize you have sent it to the wrong person? What if that email contained confidential data? According to HIPPA Secure Now 57% of users have sent data to the wrong person. Furthermore, according to an Information Security Risk in American Business report 87% of senior managers have leaked corporate data to unmanaged personal locations.
To combat accidental information dissemination, Windows 10 provides Enterprise Data Protection (down to the file level) to help ensure corporate data isn’t accidentally or intentionally leaked to unauthorized users or locations.