The recent implementation of GDPR and the race for increased corporate compliance with issues of privacy has generated a lot of noise in the cybersecurity industry, most of which stems from a lack of overall understanding about the new measures—and what they mean for the future of online business. An article recently published by Motherboard suggests GDPR compliance presents a new opportunity for legislation to be used as a pre-emptive approach to securing all personal and/or proprietary data. This strategy is being utilized in cases where users have anticipated an attack but also in scenarios where more authentication is needed.
Securing all devices and network connections against data breaches should be a top priority, especially in situations where sensitive cases may become attractive targets for bad actors. Because data analytics coincide with data protection regulations like GDPR, they can have a serious impact on how online data is protected from both the state and the free market.
How can data breaches be prevented?
Due to the variety of potential attacks on the horizon, there is no single way to determine how a data breach can be prevented. However, guidelines for best practices in the event of a breach do exist and can offer considerable help in overall protection.
One of the industry´s preemptive methods of prevention is to avoid using credit cards on sites with unconfirmed vendors. Another way to reduce and mitigate the risk of a data breach is to establish a unique password for each online service or platform. This can easily be accomplished using a password manager. Various forms of software and OSes can also assist with prevention, assuming they are continually updated with security patches addressing all known bugs and exploits.
What can be done in the event of an attack?
In terms of corporate culture and working environments, employers must investigate new ways to mitigate threats. This goal can be met by minimizing employee access to company credentials and using effective software to ensure they only interact with systems pivotal to their work. Incident response plans are also necessary to conduct and execute standard procedures for security compliance. In terms of social media, the encryption level of all devices should correspond and comply with internal audits and external legislation such as the GDPR.
The race for compliance with these new legislative measures is far from over. But if we remember how the GDPR first began as a simple initiative from concerned groups and lobbyists, it becomes easier to see beyond our initial irritation and find a greater appreciation for its methodology.