Drive Encryption: Because 61% Of Data Losses Are Malicious In Nature.

A new study claims that malicious intent is behind 62% of all data losses: 29% is attributed to hackers and 33% is attributed to insiders.  The rest, 38%, is unintentional in nature.  With such figures, does it make sense to use data security tools like laptop encryption software from AlertBoot?  You betcha


Preventing Data Breaches Due to Accidental Loss



Some are under the impression that data security tools will cover all possible data security ills.  Consequently, they become disillusioned when they find out that this is not so.  Indeed, sometimes they’ll go as far as arriving to the conclusion that data security tools are unnecessary since they cannot prevent 100% of the breaches out there.


This is, of course, ridiculous.  I mean, you’re not safe when walking outside: something could fall on you, you could get mugged, an out of control car could smash right into you, etc.  Are you going to give up walking outside because it’s not 100% safe?


Likewise with encryption: sure, they’re useless if the data breach is perpetrated by an insider, so it cannot protect you and your company from a data breach 100% of the time.  But consider the numbers:  To start off with, it can prevent a good part of the “38% unintentional” data breaches out there.


Whether it’s a lost or stolen laptop, external hard drive, desktop, USB memory device, CD or DVD, encryption software does a great job of ensuring unauthorized people from gaining access to information.


Preventing Insider Data Breaches



Furthermore, encryption can also be effective against insider data breaches as well, despite what I noted above.  Remember, unauthorized people and insiders are not the one and the same.  One could very well be an insider and still be unauthorized from accessing certain data, and be prevented from doing so.


For example, maybe you’ve got the VP of sales who’s on the outs with the CEO.  That veep is going to get fired, and he knows it.  So, he decides to steal some company information.


Now, if the company doesn’t make use of encryption, it would be just a matter of sticking a USB drive into the CEO’s computer (well, assume doors are not locked) after booting it up.


However, if computer encryption is used, then the filching of data becomes much harder, if not impossible.  And remember, anyone can be a data thief: the veep, the guy in middle management, your IT guy, the custodian…not all of these guys can be prevented from accessing data (for example, maybe you exchanged password with someone), but a good number of them can.



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