The importance of protecting data cannot be overemphasized, isn't just about day-to-day data protection and compliance it should be an active exercise.

9/21/20223 min read


Data privacy concerns the protection of one’s private information and that of others, it also relates more to a person’s awareness of how online actions and behaviour can put both at risk. The privacy and security domain encompasses competences such as adequately managing information shared online and using tools (navigation filters, passwords, anti-virus and firewall software) to avoid hazardous or unpleasant situations or to retain some sense of anonymity.

The importance of protecting data cannot be overemphasized, isn't just about day-to-day data protection and compliance it should be an active exercise. Understanding and caring for our digital environment is as crucial as caring for our home and physical environment, especially as the internet of things (IOTss ) make their way into our daily life. Every organizations need to take an "assume-breach" attitude when it comes to data privacy. Both short-term and long-term data privacy efficacy are significantly influenced by how quickly and effectively a company can react to a crisis, such a data breach.

Thus, organizations are expected to keep to improving their response capabilities by partnering with third-party managed detection and response experts that are available 24/7. Privacy, data protection and security are connectedly closed to rights, freedom and responsibility, and children should be introduced to it from their very first steps on the internet. Everyone is entitled to safety and security when surfing the net, an also to respect the ideas they share and unbiased treatment for the resources they create and disseminate. Children are also to be educated to be responsible stakeholders’ especially in social media and when using search engines in the digital world, for the internet to be an environment of trust, where basic civil and human rights are upheld.

The major threats to our data privacy and security are explained below:

  • HACKING: A hacker can access your system through various ways such as phishing scams and key loggers. Once they get into your system, they can change or delete your files or steal your personal information.

  • UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS: It is possible for someone to get your information without you noticing. It can also be accessed through your ISP (internet service provider) if they are paying too much attention to their network or have been hacked themselves.

  • MONITORING: Your devices such as computers and smartphones. It can even be used through your television or radio if the transmitters are hacked.

  • MALWARE: Malware can be installed onto your device without you being aware of it presence. This allows hackers to take control of it without your knowledge. Your personal data including passwords, emails, and pictures can be stolen by this malware.


To ensure your data privacy standards stay intact, make sure you have experts that can take a thoroughly holistic approach to security by actively interrogating endpoints, conducting threat research and hunting, performing forensic investigations, and actively responding to incidents to mitigate their impact.

PRIORITIZE EMPLOYEE EDUCATION: Data protection starts with equipping your employees to know how to exercise good security hygiene and how to protect your business and themselves from the most common cyber-attacks, like phishing, business email compromise and other exploits that specifically target the human element. It's also important to note that Security Awareness Education training and policies are mandatory for most organizations for compliance reasons. Dive deeper into this subject with this blog post on CISO data solutions, this infographic on essential cyber security tips, and this data sheet on cyber security education.

MAP OUT YOUR DATA STORAGE: Modern organizations, especially enterprise-level organizations, deal with ever-growing data sprawl as many organizations move their data into a hybrid cloud/on-premises storage model with multiple cloud providers. A particular concern exists for organizations that either have or will go through a merger or acquisition, as legacy data issues frequently occur during this process. Learn more about data risk mitigation, the risks of hosting data in the cloud, and check out this infographic which shows the five ways attackers will try to get to your data.

IDENTIFY THE HIDDEN WEAKNESSES: Most organizations don't get to know that partners and vendors typically have no responsibility for protecting your data. A common misconception is that cloud providers share liability for data protection: they do not. Despite the fact major providers, like Google, Azure and AWS, have no responsibility in the case of a breach – and a common vulnerability that Trustwave SpiderLabs researchers often uncover is from organizations relying on default cloud server settings. Another bottom line hidden vulnerability results from sloppy or slow database patching practices. Learn more about how to recognize your data weak spots with this webinar on patching practices and this infographic on testing your data security.

AVOID OVER COLLECTING DATA: Since every piece of data you collect is a plus to your potential risk, the simplest way to mitigate that risk is only to collect data you absolutely need. Many organizations are also beginning to consider when it's right to destroy unnecessary data – which is also a consideration in certain compliance situations. Additionally, organizations should always adhere to the principle of least privilege, so employees only access the data they need to perform their jobs. Regularly reviewing user privileges is also vital. Dig deeper into this topic with this interview on the changes occurring in data security.

NB: This article is not a legal advice, and under no circumstance should you take it as such. All information provided are for general purpose only. For information, please contact



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