It has been announced that Nato is assessing the impact of a data breach of classified military documents being sold by a hacker group online.
The claims made by these cybercriminals are very concerning and if the documents turn out to be as classified as they are claiming, then they could seriously endanger national security for NATO countries.
The unfortunate news is that as our lives and our critical infrastructure grows increasingly connected, more situations like this happen will come to light. Today, the world’s leading defence and national security organisations all rely on the internet to host and share their data, and if security is not embedded by design, it makes all the highly sensitive information they hold very easy to steal through hacking.
Yet, one of the biggest security vulnerabilities today all comes down to access credentials.
According to Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report data, the use of stolen credentials plays a part in over 80 percent of all breaches, so finding a way to counter this threat is essential.
If we want to continue to reap the benefits of the internet and connectivity, we need to find a way of ensuring access security cannot compromised.
One way to overcome this challenge is through the use of encrypted access, where employees do not create or own their own passwords to access corporate data. Instead, all access credentials are encrypted, which means passwords can’t be stolen or phished from employees. Thus, significantly improving security.
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