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Homeworking data breaches drive security changes

In a recent article by iTWire, the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released its Notifiable Data Breaches Report, which unveiled an 18 per cent increase in reported breaches due to human error. This was by far the highest percentage increase across the categories and accounted for 38 per cent of breaches overall.

And, because of the rise in homeworking, the rate of human error is only set to increase.

The findings have sparked not only a need for organisations to train staff and put systems in place for detecting and containing breaches but also to update their entire approach to security.

Recent research of 287 security professionals conducted by Cybersecurity Insiders found almost three-quarters of organisations are concerned about the security risks of having employees working from home, especially the threat of sensitive data leaving the perimeter. The apps that worry them the most; file sharing (68%), the web (47%), video conferencing (45%), and messaging (35%).

The recommendation? It’s zero-trust. To install dynamic attribute-based access control (ABAC), which takes into account who should be able to access, collaborate, share or copy a given file, and at which times, locations and on what device. This provides a far more robust solution to preventing breaches caused by human error.

Torsion features ABAC as standard. It automatically assigns access based on why people need access, rather than name based permission access. By installing an automated platform such as Torsion, organisations can transform their security approach overnight, future proof against the more permanent move to more flexible working and protect themselves against the most prolific risk of file sharing.

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