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IT Experts Totality Services Highlight Risks Of Data Security Breaches

...& The Serious Impact It Can Have On Individuals & Businesses.


LEADING IT SERVICE PROVIDER OUTLINES SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE ONLINE

  • 2021 was open season for attackers around the world

  • Ransomware gangs targeted health care facilities, schools, and critical infrastructure with number of publicly reported data compromises rising by 17% in 2021 (YOY)

  • Background information and helpful tips provided by leading IT experts to help protect yourself online and to celebrate Data Privacy Week 2022



YOUR personal information is not safe online. Data breaches happen on an almost daily basis, exposing people’s email addresses, passwords, credit card numbers and other highly sensitive data. And as businesses and individuals around the world begin to finally return to the office following over two years of enforced hybrid working, new challenges await for IT security teams.


To mark Data Privacy WEEK 2022 (24th - 28th Jan), IT experts Totality Services have highlighted some key information to be aware of, why people or organisations might be targeted and the serious impact it could potentially have on your business and life in general.


The IT experts have also provided some practical tips for how people can protect themselves as they go about their normal day-to-day business online.


WHAT ARE DATA SECURITY BREACHES?

A data security breach is defined as a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data.



WHO IS AFTER YOUR PERSONAL DATA?

IT security teams have always had the unenviable job of protecting their networks and sensitive data against a seemingly endless and everchanging array of unseen foes, ranging from small-time high-school hackers to sophisticated cyber-criminal syndicates, to international espionage between nation-states.


NOTABLE RECENT CASES

In 2021, data security breaches continued to rise, including an infamous data breach by Facebook that made headlines around the world, after the personal data of 533 million users (including phone numbers, dates of birth, locations, full names and email addresses) were all exposed.


SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS

Data security breaches are far from being a victimless crime. If your identity is taken, you may have funds stolen from your online banking accounts, find it difficult to get future loans, credit cards or a mortgage... An identity thief can use numerous methods to find out your personal information and will then look to open bank accounts, take out credit cards, or open government benefits in your name.


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