Data Breach

Data Breach
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Written by Sagar RabidasJanuary 10, 2022
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In this blog, we will discuss Data Breach.

Introduction to Data Breach:-

Data Breach is defined as an event in which leakage of protected data from a secured area into a non-secure location is detected. This occurs due to the weaker security design of the database or application, intentional hacking into the database, failure in the integration of a secured application with unsecure modules of the application, etc. The other names for Data Breach are ‘Data spill,’ ‘Data Leakage,’ and ‘Information Leakage.’ On the occasion of a Data Breach, it is identified as an emergency security incident, and it is crucial to find a solution to fix the breach as early as possible.

Data Breach:-

It's far an act or method wherein some unauthorized person or useful resource attempts to get the right of entry to someone’s else statistics without the problem of the latter. It's far simply a protection incident in which data has been accessed the use of an unauthorized manner. There may be extraordinary intuitions for having access to such information without authorization.

In step with Wikipedia, it's far defined as “a statistics breach is a security incident wherein touchy, protected or confidential facts is copied, transmitted, regarded, stolen or used by a person unauthorized to achieve this.” it may contain monetary information along with credit score card or bank info or perhaps other styles of sensitive records. To summarize the definition, it is gaining access to unauthorized facts without the subject of the facts proprietor or to whom it firstly belongs, at once or indirectly.

Understanding Data Breach:-

The basic intention behind it is to get through applied securities and access an organization’s intellectual, private data or a group of people. The intention may vary differently, such as for research purposes, for fraud, or others also.

Now, It is not a simple concept. It is a complex process that involves lots of phases. These phases may be divided into different sections as per the attack carried out under each phase. These phases may include the research part, analysis part, attacking part, misuse of data, and others.

Phases:-

Well, to be broadly classified, there can be four different phases of a data breach which are:

  • Research: This is finding the loophole in the system. The intruder tries to find any loophole or weakness in the system using which it can attack a particular set of data
  • Attack: In this phase, the intruder or cyber attacker tries to make initial contact through a network or a social attack. This is one of the most important phases as the intruder sometimes also tries to make friendly contact so that the victim does not get any doubt about the possibility of a data breach.
  • Network/Social Attack: This could be further divided into two attacks: a Network attack and a Social attack.

Let’s see each of them one by one:

  1. Network Attack: A network attack occurs when an intruder tries to enter an institution, network, system, or organization using some organizational weaknesses. The intruder tries to infiltrate an organization’s network.
  2. Social Attack: Social attack includes tricking people either by getting their trust directly or indirectly for giving access to the organization’s network. For example, a victim can be duped to pass sensitive information like credentials or other important data.
  • Ex-Filtration: Once the intruder gets access to the organization network, the intruder easily reaches sensitive data, which is highly confidential to misuse. The intruder can use this sensitive data in any way it wants to access it.

Prevent a Data Breach:-

A few of the common ways to prevent it are as follows:

  • Keeping only relevant data on the network.
  • Safeguarding data.
  • Dispose of unused data.
  • Review and update the process regularly.
  • Educate users.
  • Keep the password protected.
  • Use licensed software.
  • Use updated software.
  • Avoid using the public network.

What to do after a Data Breach:-

Well, once it has happened, we need to go through the following steps to minimize the effect.

First, one should do the following things:

  • Evaluate which data is stolen.
  • Update all passwords with more secure passwords.
  • Inform relevant institutions.

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