By Brad Spannbauer
Senior Director of Product Management
You don’t need to be an IT or cybersecurity professional to know that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to protect sensitive information against the ever-advancing skills of cybercriminals. Recent high profile data breaches from the likes of Equifax, Instagram, and Verizon have done little to stem the flow of negative news stories about how major organizations are continually failing to protect their customers’ data.
Consequently, consumers today have every right to be wary about handing over their information to companies, particularly those operating in high-risk verticals. According to the most recent Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) by Verizon, the three most breached industry sectors in 2017 were financial services (24%), healthcare (15%), and the public sector (12%).
The report also reminds us that, despite what we see on the news, it isn’t just big brands being exposed. In fact, 61% of data breach victims in 2017 occurred in organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees. This should serve as a stark reminder to all organizations that data breaches do not discriminate.
In a world rife with cybercrime, businesses need to be proactive in guarding every aspect of their digital environments. Maintaining secure communications is an essential part of this process; as history has taught us, failing to do so can hurt a business’s reputation, its compliance with government regulators, and ultimately, its bottom line. So starting with most common forms of communication in commercial environments today – email, text messaging, and fax – what can organizations do to stay secure? [Read more…]