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Friday, 23 September 2016 12:25

Yahoo hack: need to embed strong data security into everyday practices

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Following the news that information associated with 500 million user accounts was stolen from Yahoo's network in 2014, please see below for comment from Jes Breslaw, director of strategy, EMEA at Delphix on the importance of embedding strong data security into everyday practices.

“Time and time again, we’ve seen the wide-ranging implications of a data breach. Consumer confidence takes a hit, reputations are left in tatters and fingers are pointed at those in charge of safeguarding the organisation from attack. Yet despite the growing number of global scandals, our research shows that only a quarter of data in the UK is masked. 

“Traditionally organisations are very good at taking measures to protect data in their production systems, such as their websites, but neglect to protect the sensitive information held in their non-production environments where IT testing and development happens. In an evolving threat landscape, data conscious organisations need to ensure that data security is embedded into everyday practices. What’s needed is an irreversible process that obfuscates personal information but ensures dummy data is still available so organisations can prioritise security but ensure development processes continue unhindered.

“Embracing new technologies, including those that combine data virtualisation with data masking, ensures that organisations can pseudonymise data once and guarantee that all subsequent copies have the same protective policies applied. This will future proof the business from costly data breaches and ensure compliance while improving agility and time-to-market.”

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