Data breaches come in all forms. Many of them are malicious and are undertaken to reap some financial gain, harvest sensitive details about the organization or people with some association to it, or simply to cause harm to the victim.

As so much valuable information is submitted and stored digitally, almost every sector has become dependent on this technology. Understandably, this makes data breaches a lucrative form of criminal activity. This also means it is crucial for an organization to invest in its cybersecurity efforts.

Sometimes, however, data breaches do not have a criminal element. A number of these breaches come from within, and not necessarily on account of an insider willfully going after the data. Human error or negligence can potentially expose this information.

Thus when establishing a comprehensive data security solution, it is important to consider that problems can occur by accident, and that part of the system must include accidental leaks. Such a case recently affected the world-renowned automotive company, Mercedes-Benz.

Accidental Leak

Based in Stuttgart in southwest Germany, Mercedes-Benz has become a symbol of quality engineering, luxury, style, and industry-leading automotive design. This subsidiary of Daimler AG operates across the globe, and has distributor offices in multiple countries. These factors make it much more surprising that it could be affected by a breach. However, its location in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs faced a data breach.

The incident was not with anything Mercedes-Benz USA had done or not done to protect its data, but rather was due to an issue on the cloud with one of its vendors. The cloud provider inadvertently made public sensitive information of nearly 1,000 Mercedes-Benz USA customers.

Some customers who input personal information on Mercedes-Benz websites were affected in this leak. Compromised details include driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and credit card numbers, however addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses were also exposed. In response, Mercedes-Benz USA offered a free 24-month credit monitoring service.

Although Mercedes-Benz USA did not suffer a direct cyberattack, on account of negligence it had some consequences and clean up in its wake. Although its provider is to blame, in terms of reputation damage and blame the onus falls on Mercedes-Benz. Such association with a company can be damaging though it appears there was minimal financial loss to the company, if any at all.

Secure Solution

One of the key elements to data security is establishing a comprehensive solution to protect sensitive information. Although the aforementioned situation was not a direct attack, all too often data breaches are targeted and intentional.

While a goal of any organization in regard to its digital assets is to protect it from an outside attack, it is good practice to understand that breaches can come from within, even if this is from an unintended error. SecureDrive offers a range of data security solutions to help protect against breaches.

Backup solutions are important, and SecureDrive storage devices are hardware-encrypted and password-protected to offer additional measures to restrict access. SecureDrive KP features an onboard keypad that requires a 7–15 PIN to unlock, and SecureDrive BT works with a free app on a mobile device that requires a user to unlock it. It also comes with additional features that an administrator can apply to individual drives, including read-only mode and Step-Away AutoLock, which locks the drive when the device with the app installed is moved more than 10 feet away from the drive.

To protect Windows-powered computers across an organization, SecureGuard USB restricts the use of any USB storage device or human interface device by allowing an administrator to blacklist or whitelist devices.

To learn more about setting up a data security solution today, contact an expert at 424-363-8535.

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