Data and Systems Security

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What is system security?

System security refers to the “processes and methodologies involved with keeping information confidential, available, and assuring its integrity. It also refers to: Access controls, which prevent unauthorized personnel from entering or accessing a system.” Non authorized users are able to gain access to this information if the proper protections are either 1. not in place or 2. are violated.

Types of cyber threats

Data Breach

Data breach refers to the release of data from a system without the knowledge or consent of its owner. Common examples of data breaches include hackers accessing a businesses’ systems to steal information;  an employee or ex-employee stealing customer information;  or the theft of computer devices (like laptops or USB drives) with consumer information on them.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the user’s file unless a ransom is paid.

 

 

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Ransomware

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the user’s file unless a ransom is paid.*

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Data Breach

What is a data breach?

Data breach refers to the release of data from a system without the knowledge or consent of its owner. Common examples of data breaches include hackers accessing a business’ systems to steal information;  an employee or ex-employee stealing customer information; or the theft of computer devices (like laptops or USB drives) with consumer information on them. Hackers or thieves are looking for personally identifiable information (PII), financial information, and/or customer data. Increasingly, hackers are also looking for private health information (PHI), which includes medical records, prescription records and insurance information.

 

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