LinkedIn Breach Leads to Questions about Data Security

LinkedIn recently suffered a security breach wherein 6.5 million users were affected after their account names and passwords were stolen and then published online. What can we learn from the recent security breach at LinkedIn? According to www.ivizsecurity.com and www.cbsnews.com, there are several lessons learned from the LinkedIn breach.

  1. The importance of an emergency response team is paramount to the effective recovery of a business. And when a team does respond to a crisis, it should be clear and concise about who was affected and to what extent. In this way there is no confusion in a client’s mind as to how they have been directly affected.

  1. Responding to signs of possible security problems is crucial. If a potential area that can be compromised is pointed out, ignoring that particular information is the worst thing a business can do. By implementing a security team, a company can send a message to its clientele that it is serious about securing data.

  1. Companies should test, test, test an application it is releasing during each phase or release. The more testing that is done, the more secure an application will be.

  1. Improving the encryption a company uses to secure its user’s data is a giant step toward increasing overall security and keeping what happened at LinkedIn from happening to your company.

  1. Make sure your security is up to par and able to handle possible intrusions. Also, if an intrusion does happen, address it instantly.

Consider the following recommendations to protect yourself and your business against intrusion:

  • Make sure you use a strong password.
  • Make each password unique. That way if someone steals a password, the damage will be minimal.
  • Using an abbreviated phrase is another way to create a strong password.
  • A password unrelated to you or your personal information is also desirable.
  • Mixing upper and lower case letters can also increase the strength of a password.

Those concerned with whether their LinkedIn account has been compromised can go to the following link to find out: https://lastpass.com/linkedin/.

For more information about the LinkedIn intrusion and how to protect yourself against such an intrusion, visit: http://www.ivizsecurity.com/blog/penetration-testing/398/
and http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57450077/linkedin-hacked-how-to-protect-yourself-online/