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In football, the offensive line has a tough task. They have to stop incoming rushes and blitzes, adjust constantly to changing tactics on the other side of the ball, and counter all sorts of stunts and formations to protect the quarterback. 

When you are defending yourself against cybercriminals, you might feel like that football player trying to fend off attacks all around you and keep the crown jewels—your data—safe. In football, a defensive breakdown usually leads to a quarterback sack and a loss of yards. For you, the risk is significantly greater if hackers beat your defenses and steal your data.

With cybercrime damages of more than $8 trillion annually, data security needs to be priority one. It is not just about protecting your crown jewels. It is also about preserving the trust your customers have in you. At ZenData, we believe every piece of data tells a human story. It is our mission to protect those stories.

Zendata’s cloud-based data protection and privacy compliance platform is designed to help you keep your data private.

Common Data Security Problems and Solutions

While privacy and compliance are foremost, companies also need to deploy data security practices.

Weak Passwords

Easily guessed passwords enable one-third of data security breaches by allowing attacker access. Even complex ones eventually get hacked. Yet passwords remain the top authentication method.

Solution: Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
MFA adds "something you have" layers like security keys, stymying credential theft. It is like a force field using multiple factors to repel attacks.

Unpatched Software

Unfixed app flaws offer hackers easy targets. Neglecting updates leaves gaping holes. Some of the biggest breaches in history have come from known exploits in software with available patches that were never applied.

Solution: Proactive Patch Management
Stay vigilant by installing critical patches to frustrate adversaries seeking easy exploits. Automate where possible for large networks. Updates eliminate known weaknesses.

Overly Permissive Access

Broad data access spurs breaches by allowing unnecessary access. Old project permissions may linger. 

Solution: Least Privilege Access
Strictly limit access to only what is needed for a role. Scrutinize permissions and prune obsolete ones. This reduces damage if credentials are compromised.

Lack of Encryption

Unencrypted data enables easy theft and viewing. But encryption often remains incomplete—just for data in transit, not at rest. Policies also lack enforcement.

Solution: Pervasive Encryption
Implement encryption extensively across networks and data. Establish and enforce encryption policies organization-wide. Encrypting data renders it useless if breached.

Weak Network Segmentation

Poor network segmentation allows threats to spread after gaining access. Unsegmented networks have zero barriers to contain breaches.

Solution: Zero Trust Network Access
Adopt a Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) strategy requiring reauthentication between network segments. This locks down lateral movement to limit breach damage.

Poor Visibility

IT sprawl creates blind spots. Companies today have thousands of endpoints and a significant number go unmonitored and unmanaged, leaving major gaps.

Solution: Comprehensive Asset Inventory
Catalog hardware, software, and devices accessing systems. Maintain frequently updated lists for total visibility. You cannot secure what you cannot see.

Weak Vendor Security

Interconnected vendors pose significant risks if they lack proper controls, creating backdoor breaches. How big a problem is this? One report says that 98% of global companies that integrate with third-party vendors have been breached in the past two years.

Solution: Vendor Risk Management
Vet and audit vendor security posture before onboarding. Enforce limited vendor permissions and monitor access. Strong oversight prevents supplier breaches.

Disorganized Incident Response

Many organizations scramble when breaches hit, allowing hackers time to maximize damage. Slow containment and recovery can prolong exposure.

Solution: Incident Response Planning
Develop and drill response plans to enable coordinated containment, limiting disruption. Nimble response reduces hacker impact and losses.

Outdated Policies

Static policies fail to address emerging threats and regulations over time, leading to preventable incidents. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics—just like football coaches are dreaming up new ways to get to the QB.

Solution: Regular Policy Reviews
Schedule reviews to update access controls, encryption rules, and procedures. Revise policies following major incidents to stay current.

Lack of Training

Employees are a top cause of breaches through phishing, poor passwords, and unsafe browsing.

Solution: Regular Training
Require new-hire and annual refresher security training. Educate all employees on risks and responsibilities. Knowledge bolsters human defenses.

Protect the QB—Your Data

There is a key difference between you and an NFL player (besides the pay). NFL teams practice for a week and have coaches constantly testing strategies, evaluating effectiveness, and looking for weaknesses that need to be fixed—all to prepare for a few hours of gameplay each week. In cybersecurity, you need someone on your side that is doing the same for you. 

Using compliance monitoring tools like Zendata's cloud-based data protection and privacy compliance platform helps you keep data private.

When you work with Zendata, you are not just adopting a data security and privacy compliance platform. You are embracing a vision where data privacy is a universal right. Connect with our experts today to request a complimentary assessment.

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Common Data Security Problems and Solutions

December 8, 2023

In football, the offensive line has a tough task. They have to stop incoming rushes and blitzes, adjust constantly to changing tactics on the other side of the ball, and counter all sorts of stunts and formations to protect the quarterback. 

When you are defending yourself against cybercriminals, you might feel like that football player trying to fend off attacks all around you and keep the crown jewels—your data—safe. In football, a defensive breakdown usually leads to a quarterback sack and a loss of yards. For you, the risk is significantly greater if hackers beat your defenses and steal your data.

With cybercrime damages of more than $8 trillion annually, data security needs to be priority one. It is not just about protecting your crown jewels. It is also about preserving the trust your customers have in you. At ZenData, we believe every piece of data tells a human story. It is our mission to protect those stories.

Zendata’s cloud-based data protection and privacy compliance platform is designed to help you keep your data private.

Common Data Security Problems and Solutions

While privacy and compliance are foremost, companies also need to deploy data security practices.

Weak Passwords

Easily guessed passwords enable one-third of data security breaches by allowing attacker access. Even complex ones eventually get hacked. Yet passwords remain the top authentication method.

Solution: Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
MFA adds "something you have" layers like security keys, stymying credential theft. It is like a force field using multiple factors to repel attacks.

Unpatched Software

Unfixed app flaws offer hackers easy targets. Neglecting updates leaves gaping holes. Some of the biggest breaches in history have come from known exploits in software with available patches that were never applied.

Solution: Proactive Patch Management
Stay vigilant by installing critical patches to frustrate adversaries seeking easy exploits. Automate where possible for large networks. Updates eliminate known weaknesses.

Overly Permissive Access

Broad data access spurs breaches by allowing unnecessary access. Old project permissions may linger. 

Solution: Least Privilege Access
Strictly limit access to only what is needed for a role. Scrutinize permissions and prune obsolete ones. This reduces damage if credentials are compromised.

Lack of Encryption

Unencrypted data enables easy theft and viewing. But encryption often remains incomplete—just for data in transit, not at rest. Policies also lack enforcement.

Solution: Pervasive Encryption
Implement encryption extensively across networks and data. Establish and enforce encryption policies organization-wide. Encrypting data renders it useless if breached.

Weak Network Segmentation

Poor network segmentation allows threats to spread after gaining access. Unsegmented networks have zero barriers to contain breaches.

Solution: Zero Trust Network Access
Adopt a Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) strategy requiring reauthentication between network segments. This locks down lateral movement to limit breach damage.

Poor Visibility

IT sprawl creates blind spots. Companies today have thousands of endpoints and a significant number go unmonitored and unmanaged, leaving major gaps.

Solution: Comprehensive Asset Inventory
Catalog hardware, software, and devices accessing systems. Maintain frequently updated lists for total visibility. You cannot secure what you cannot see.

Weak Vendor Security

Interconnected vendors pose significant risks if they lack proper controls, creating backdoor breaches. How big a problem is this? One report says that 98% of global companies that integrate with third-party vendors have been breached in the past two years.

Solution: Vendor Risk Management
Vet and audit vendor security posture before onboarding. Enforce limited vendor permissions and monitor access. Strong oversight prevents supplier breaches.

Disorganized Incident Response

Many organizations scramble when breaches hit, allowing hackers time to maximize damage. Slow containment and recovery can prolong exposure.

Solution: Incident Response Planning
Develop and drill response plans to enable coordinated containment, limiting disruption. Nimble response reduces hacker impact and losses.

Outdated Policies

Static policies fail to address emerging threats and regulations over time, leading to preventable incidents. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics—just like football coaches are dreaming up new ways to get to the QB.

Solution: Regular Policy Reviews
Schedule reviews to update access controls, encryption rules, and procedures. Revise policies following major incidents to stay current.

Lack of Training

Employees are a top cause of breaches through phishing, poor passwords, and unsafe browsing.

Solution: Regular Training
Require new-hire and annual refresher security training. Educate all employees on risks and responsibilities. Knowledge bolsters human defenses.

Protect the QB—Your Data

There is a key difference between you and an NFL player (besides the pay). NFL teams practice for a week and have coaches constantly testing strategies, evaluating effectiveness, and looking for weaknesses that need to be fixed—all to prepare for a few hours of gameplay each week. In cybersecurity, you need someone on your side that is doing the same for you. 

Using compliance monitoring tools like Zendata's cloud-based data protection and privacy compliance platform helps you keep data private.

When you work with Zendata, you are not just adopting a data security and privacy compliance platform. You are embracing a vision where data privacy is a universal right. Connect with our experts today to request a complimentary assessment.