How to Select Data Classification Levels for Your Business (With Template)

How to Select Data Classification Levels for Your Business (With Template)

By Gitanjali Maria and Zach Capers

Classifying data simplifies data security efforts and ensures that your employees know what information can be made public and what should stay internal.

However, a recent GetApp survey found that nearly half of all businesses allow employees to access more data than is necessary for their jobs. In fact, 12% of businesses reported that employees have access to all company data.

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Record GDPR Fine Takes Flight—British Airways Faces $230 Million Penalty

Record GDPR Fine Takes Flight—British Airways Faces $230 Million Penalty

NOTE: This document, while intended to inform our clients about the current data privacy and security challenges experienced by IT companies in the global marketplace, is in no way intended to provide legal advice or to endorse a specific course of action. For advice on your specific situation, consult your legal counsel.

A record $230 million GDPR fine against International Airlines Group—the parent company of British Airways—was announced today by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The fine stems from the airline’s massive data breach last year, which exposed the records of more than 500,000 customers who made payments through the company’s website and mobile app.

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Why Ransomware Encrypted Baltimore’s Systems and How It Could Have Been Prevented

Why Ransomware Encrypted Baltimore’s Systems and How It Could Have Been Prevented

Since early May, the city of Baltimore has been under siege by ransomware. The offending ransomware, called Robinhood, has encrypted data needed to perform several city services, and its creators are demanding a payment of 13 Bitcoins—about $113,000—to restore the city’s files.

Ransomware attacks on cities have been increasing around the country. For example, in March 2018, Atlanta was compromised by a ransomware attack that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

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How the Instagram Leak Compares With 5 Recent Data Breaches

How the Instagram Leak Compares With 5 Recent Data Breaches

An unsecured database holding the personal information of 49 million Instagram customers was recently discovered. The data breach has affected numerous celebrities, influencers, and brands because the database in question is owned by a social media marketing firm that specializes in sponsored content for the platform. For Facebook—the parent company of Instagram—the episode is just the latest in a series of data security lapses.

Breaches such as Instagram’s appear in the news on a regular basis, but, though the results are usually similar, the causes often vary. Businesses must learn from recent data breaches to protect themselves against similar attacks in the future.
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