Embedded Data Enables the “Internet of Things,” but It Poses Some Hidden Dangers
Organizations spend most of their IT security budgets on devices that are on-network and protected by firewall technologies; however, over 70% of data breach events come from off-network devices. This indicates that there is a huge disconnect between perceived and actual threats to data security. Exacerbating this problem is the fact that many companies have no visibility into the root cause of a cyber-attack. A study released by the Ponemon Institute in June reported that 45% of organizations have no way of knowing what the root cause of an attack was.
Historically, organizations focus most of their attention regarding off-network data security on securing the hard drive. They focus on data eradication and erasure tools, encryption, tracking, reporting, and the security services available on securing the hard drive because that is where the data resides. Distributed intelligence has created a world where devices have embedded data that is not necessarily on the hard drive, but has the potential to cripple any business.
In the past, if a hard drive was lost or stolen, damage could, for the most part, be compartmentalized and managed. However, embedded data can allow access to your organization’s network and in the wrong hands, has the potential to inflict damage on a business in new and very dangerous ways, financially and reputationally.
Although the data security measures undertaken by companies and the number of data security laws on the books are increasing, we still encounter shocking gaps in data security simply because of lack of knowledge.
At Brass Valley, we want to help educate our customers and the public at large on the potential exposure from some of the hidden dangers. The purpose of our most recent white paper is to give you examples of embedded data so you know where it may reside in your environment, and share with you some of the data security gaps we found in looking at devices from companies across the U.S.
To learn more about the threat that embedded data can pose to your company, please download our white paper: Embedded Data: Your “Hidden Secret” to Stopping a Major Data Breach — A call for awareness to the security threat of embedded data. It aims to educate customers and the public at large about the potential exposure and hidden dangers posed by embedded media.