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Do we have any fix for a data breach?

As we are heading towards a more digitised world, the cases of the data breach are increasing at an accelerated rate. As reported by Forbes, the business sector accounts for 67% of the total breaches and 84.6% of the exposed records. The intent behind data collection by companies is to learn about our habits. We, in turn, get recommendations on the basis of this data. However, sometimes a hacker intercepts this information. We call it a data breach.

How can we avoid data breach?

Insider breach constitutes a significant part of the total number of breaches. Reckless or negligent behaviour of employees often leads to this breach. Therefore, investing in technology that works alongside the user in reducing the insider threat can be helpful in avoiding this. In addition to this, adequate employee training, enforcement of strong passwords, monitoring of data transfer, limiting access, fixing vulnerabilities, avoiding misconfiguring of databases and services, and two-factor authentication can help prevent a data breach.

Even after much-advanced study in this field, there are ambiguities about data collection and sharing. Professors of Computer Science and Law at Northeastern University have developed commendable work in understanding how personal data is shared and used by other parties. It was found that even after the changes made by Facebook, the algorithm that the company uses to deliver advertisements skews toward specific demographic groups. This illustrates the difficulty of ensuring fairness in algorithms. They also found that the laws governing privacy on the internet did not protect users as much as they should.

The researchers will create a five-year-long project using these inferences. As a result, it will produce new technologies. This can safeguard personal data collected over the internet and suggest policy measures around personal data privacy. Moreover, the researchers intend to team up with the device manufacturers to come up with better amenable approaches. The objective behind this is to ensure parity between both companies and consumers.

 

Kriti Vishwakarma