Data Breach Security: Why You Need To Pay Close Attention

On average, how long does it take for a company to discover that a malicious security breach has occurred?

A couple of hours?  A couple of weeks?

According to the global report published by Ponemon Institute it takes nearly three months.

In 2013 the institute published its Post Breach Boom report in which it polled more than 3,500 IT security and IT professionals from organisations that had suffered one data breach at least during the last two years.  The purpose was to examine how data breaches had been handled and how well prepared organisations were to be able to prevent them from occurring.  Based on their findings, researchers discovered numerous trends that were worrisome in regards to information security.

Despite the amount of attention that has been paid to how important information security is, more than 50% of respondents were in agreement that over the past two years that data breaches had become more frequent and severe.  It also appears that in terms of detecting or resolving them, that organizations are ill prepared.  In fact, just 43% of those who responded stated that their organisations had the funding, personnel and tools for preventing data breaches.  That in spite of the fact of the widespread agreement that understanding what the root causes are for breaches can help to strengthen the security position of the organisation and provide vital insights into possible vulnerabilities and loopholes.

Breaches were categorised as ‘non malicious’ breaches caused by a third party, employee negligence or a system error and ‘malicious’ breaches involving information being stolen by a criminal insider or external hacker.  It was found that when the root cause resulted from a malicious attack or insider the average cost per record of the breach was much higher.

In situations where it has been discovered that there was a malicious breach, the average time it takes to address the issue is more than four months.  In one third of the reviewed cases, a third party detected the data breach an not the company’s security system.

What is worrisome is that 83% of non-malicious breaches included failure to or loss of degauss or wiping a device properly that contained sensitive data, with another 17% involving business partners, suppliers or contractors losing sensitive data that had been entrusted to them.

The figures hold up when quickly glancing at the list of financial penalties that the Information Commissioner’s Office has handed out for serious Data Protection Act breaches.  It is full of real life examples, which include hard drives that contain patient data that can be found on sale at internet auction websites after supposedly a third party supplied had securely destroyed them.  There have also been numerous incidents of theft and loss of unencrypted data storage devices, laptops, memory sticks, etc.

Whether these were actually malicious or not, the main reasons why a majority of cases failed to prevent breaches was due to inadequate security process or lacking in-house expertise.  This reinforces the need for not only proper procedures and policies, but also mechanisms for ensuring that staff are properly trained and followed up on.

All breaches cost businesses large sum of money.  In addition, they result in lost productivity and money, as well as damages to brand value and reputation.

Companies are advised to assess the risk of data breaches, not only electronic but document based too. Hiring data security consultants and document shredding services will help mitigate the risk of breaches in the future.

The History of Hockey

There are so many sports events and sporting activities all over the world. Hockey is one of these sports and is one of the most popular ones available today.

The history of hockey is almost the same as the history of golf since it is deeply got from any game that has to do with a stick and also a ball or rock that have been in motion for more than 1,000 years.

Hockey is a rough and crude form of sports and they have taken place or have been in existence for many years through South America, Europe and Egypt. Hockey started or began to form its stronger roots all through England in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds.

This was a double-crossing game that mostly brought together the whole village and other teams mostly had up to 100 players and these players mostly played the game through severe injuries and went through many days of playing hockey.

Hockey sports that we are aware of today started to form or develop at Eton University in England when they started formulating rules which was around the 1860s. Increased growth of hockey sports generated in the North of America when new settlers arrived at the continent. In the history of hockey, Montreal was accredited to be the first city that held the first game in the year 1875 by some college students.

The students then began to form more and more leagues and organizations then, rules of the game were also created. The game went on to grow and popularity increased. Hockey became very popular that Montreal offered in the year 1883, the very first World Championship for Ice Hockey. The growth of European hockey went on at the college level with more and more universities went on to form stern rivalries.

Some very dramatic rule changes were put into place that aided the progress of the game to go from ice to the field with 11 players while hockey accessories and equipment started to evolve too. The use of protective equipment also was introduced to include helmets, pads, protective eye shields, and mouth pieces have become better from the early days of hockey history.

It was not unusual not to wear head gear in the game of hockey until some few years ago. The Olympic Games helped to make the popularity of hockey grow more internationally and this led to it being played in the year 1924 at the Olympic Games but at that time, only male teams were permitted to play the game. Canada was one of the safest bets to win the gold medal since they won the very first 6 championships out of 7 gold.

From the late 50s to the 80s, the Soviet Union took over. Even though in the year 1960, the United States won its very 1st gold medal in the history of hockey, it was in the year 1980 “Miracle on Ice” where the American college amateur team beat the highly tipped to win Russian team. Hockey has grown and today, there are so many different types of hockey like ice hockey, inline hockey, field hockey and so many others.

What About Ice Hockey?

Ice hockey is a sport played on ice and it is a team sport. Ice hockey skaters make use of sticks to play this game and it is like the game of soccer where goals are scored in nets. Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in the North American professional sports. The National Hockey League is the highest for men all over the world. Ice hockey is said to be a very interesting as well as special game which involves a lot of energy and love.

 And Field Hockey…

Field hockey is just like ice hockey. However, field hockey is played on a field and ice hockey on ice. 11 players play this game and there is always a keeper in the goal post. Both teams playing have goal posts.

It is important for hockey players to sleep very well, exercise and also eat very well. The key in making your hockey life the best is by following the right training schedules. Also, exercise more and try to adapt to extreme situations.


Here’s a great documentary film if you want to know more!