Although the Asia Pacific is the number one leading continent in data breach cases according to Trustwave, incidents involving the interception, stealing, and altering of data as it is being shared have increased all over the world. This is due to two reasons. One, most companies and individuals have digitized their data. Two, the switch to 5G Network has seen a crazy increase in the number of connected devices. These two factors leave sensitive and confidential data shared susceptible to breaches. Leaked data can be damaging to both individuals and corporations. To prevent this, people sharing information via email, FTP, the cloud and removable storage devices ought to take extra steps to secure their data transfer.

 

Encrypt Data In Motion

When you share files via email or FTP, they are sent in the form of clear texts. This means should anybody intercept them they will be able to read whatever was being shared.  This happens more easily now thanks to the availability and accessibility of free hacking tools on the web. To avoid this, you are advised to encrypt any data before or during transmission. This can be done using encrypted or secure file transfer protocols (FTPS). Basically what this software does is make texts sent over insecure networks unreadable so should anyone intercept them, all they will see is a garbled message. Once sent, the recipient can decrypt the message to make it readable using an issued decryption key or an authentication password.

 

Make Data On Removable Storage Devices Unreadable

Despite being in a digitized world, the use of portable storage devices is still very prevalent, as noted by bulkmemorycards.com. Matter of fact, the worth of this particular market is estimated to reach $4 billion by 2023 as HDDs, USB drives, and removable discs are still largely used all over the world. To ensure your data’s safety, it’s important to encrypt removable storage devices with software such as BitLocker To Go. This software not only password protects data on your computer but it also automatically encrypts any data that is being copied into any removable storage device. Alternatively, you can consider getting portable storage devices with built-in security features.

 

Secure Your Wireless Network

By failing to secure your home’s or business’s wifi network, you make it all the more easier for hackers in close proximity to hijack the network and get access to any information being shared. This is made easier by the fact that wifi signals are broadcasted outside the confines of your office space, warehouse or home. That said, the first step in securing your wireless network is to hide it so the router or wireless access point doesn’t broadcast the network’s Service Set Identifier. The next step is password protecting the network. Most routers offer Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). This however a standard and old protection which can easily be broken into using suites like Aircrack-ng.

To provide extra security, add a variant of Wi-Fi Protected Access protection (WPA). If you run an SME, you can change your network’s password whenever you lay off an employee. If you run a big organization, consider investing in a RADIUS server and using WPA in its enterprise mode. This will enable each employee to have their own unique login details and you can delete those of former employees to restrict access. At home, you can set up a different network for visitors.

Sharing sensitive information over the internet or via removable storage devices exposes it to many risks. It could be stolen, leaked or altered.  Safeguarding data during transmission and rest is therefore important for both the sender and the recipient. Thankfully, simple things like encrypting shared data, securing your wireless network and making portable storage devices go a long way in ensuring your information stay only between the intended recipients.