Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Perimeter

4/14/2018
09:00 AM
50%
50%

7 Non-Financial Data Types to Secure

Credit card and social security numbers aren't the only sensitive information that requires protection.
Previous
1 of 8
Next

As more and more personally identifiable information (PII) has moved online, cybercriminals have been able to gain access to deeper stores of data and build more complete pictures of their victims. Whether the information concerns health, movement, or political views, it adds up to a rich, complete version of an individual that can be stolen, mimicked, or manipulated.

The largest data breach so far, the Yahoo incident, didn't involve financial data - instead exposing the real names, email addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and security questions of roughly 3 billion people to hackers. The next largest, that of Adult Friend Finder, gave names, email addresses, and passwords to the attackers. In neither of these cases were credit card or social security numbers released, but both were highly damaging to many of those effected and in the case of Yahoo, devastating to the company itself.

This shows that if criminals are willing to attack an organization to gain non-financial information on users and customers, then the IT department should be willing to treat that information as important, too.

Here's a look at seven data types many companies have collected and hoarded with abandon, and that need to protected just like financial data. If your organization has terabytes of any of these data types sitting in a warehouse, lake, or cluster, then it may be time to start the audit to see just how exposed it — and your company — truly are.

 

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Previous
1 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
JTKeating
50%
50%
JTKeating,
User Rank: Author
4/18/2018 | 11:25:12 AM
Great food for thought
Thanks for the article. I like the expanded view of what data types need to be secured.
Cloud Security Startup Lightspin Emerges From Stealth
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  11/24/2020
Look Beyond the 'Big 5' in Cyberattacks
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  11/25/2020
Why Vulnerable Code Is Shipped Knowingly
Chris Eng, Chief Research Officer, Veracode,  11/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: We are really excited about our new two tone authentication system!
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-29440
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-30
Tesla Model X vehicles before 2020-11-23 do not perform certificate validation during an attempt to pair a new key fob with the body control module (BCM). This allows an attacker (who is inside a vehicle, or is otherwise able to send data over the CAN bus) to start and drive the vehicle with a spoof...
CVE-2020-29441
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-30
An issue was discovered in the Upload Widget in OutSystems Platform 10 before 10.0.1019.0. An unauthenticated attacker can upload arbitrary files. In some cases, this attack may consume the available database space (Denial of Service), corrupt legitimate data if files are being processed asynchronou...
CVE-2020-4127
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-30
HCL Domino is susceptible to a Login CSRF vulnerability. With a valid credential, an attacker could trick a user into accessing a system under another ID or use an intranet user's system to access internal systems from the internet. Fixes are available in HCL Domino versions 9.0.1 FP10 IF6, 10.0.1 F...
CVE-2020-11867
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-30
Audacity through 2.3.3 saves temporary files to /var/tmp/audacity-$USER by default. After Audacity creates the temporary directory, it sets its permissions to 755. Any user on the system can read and play the temporary audio .au files located there.
CVE-2020-16849
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-30
An issue was discovered on Canon MF237w 06.07 devices. An "Improper Handling of Length Parameter Inconsistency" issue in the IPv4/ICMPv4 component, when handling a packet sent by an unauthenticated network attacker, may expose Sensitive Information.