If you don't know that enterprise data breaches are becoming more and more of a problem, then I'm not sure where you've been hiding these past few years -- Sony, Home Depot, Ashley Madison, Adobe, LinkedIn are just a few examples of major companies that have been hacked recently.

In fact, according to a recent PwC report, in 2015, enterprise security breaches increased by 81%. That's huge. It means that security hacks have attacked nearly every business place, both large and small, and that no business is safe from possible breaches.

It's a depressing statistic, I know. However, it doesn't mean that businesses should raise white flags and wait for cybercriminals to charge. Rather, it's imperative that businesses everywhere this upcoming year take the appropriate measures to prevent and combat possible breaches.

In the same report, PwC identified that the worst breaches of the year were caused by inadvertent human error, up 31% from the previous year. This is most probably due to the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, which encourage employees to use personal devices like laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, in the workplace.

Of course, there are many benefits to BYOD, like increased productivity and efficiency; however, the drawbacks are clearly concerning. It's not uncommon for personal devices to be lost or stolen, and, if these devices contain confidential and sensitive business information, like credit card numbers and trade secrets, there's no telling what cybercriminals might do once they've accessed that information.

In addition to continuously briefing employees on security best practices, enterprises can also look to various solutions and tools in order to protect themselves against breaches. That said, here are three startups helping enterprises do just that.

Nuro Secure Messaging

Today, many companies use some sort of corporate instant messaging platform to communicate with their colleagues. However, unfortunately, for the reasons I mentioned earlier, the information that employees share via these group messaging applications can easily be compromised.

Often, employees don't recognize that all messages they send and receive is considered confidential and highly sensitive, whether it explicitly contains banking information or not. It's for this reason that secure messaging applications are becoming the norm among enterprise organizations; they not only permit employees to use messaging services both in the office and on the go but also offer end-to-end security on all messages, effectively confirming that messages are encrypted during transit, at rest, and at the user's device.

Sometimes, however, end-to-end encryption isn't always enough -- Nuro is a mobile first cyber secure messaging platform that offers a fourth "cognitive" layer to their application. This is called DLP or Data Loss Prevention and is a feature employed by several leading cyber-security solutions. It scans for abnormalities within the messaging platform in order to predict potential breaches.

The Detective

Yet, despite the rise of corporate instant messaging platforms, many businesses today still rely on email communications. Think, that your email accounts, both your work and personal ones, contain tons of personal information that's probably been sitting there for years. Sure, you have an alright password, but enterprise hacks, as I mentioned, are only getting worse -- meaning, that your email accounts are not as secure as you might think.

Thus, in order to prevent possible leaks, The Detective offers a DLP feature that scans inboxes for compromising information like passwords and credit card numbers, helping you after to delete the information.

In using this solution, enterprises can be sure that sensitive corporate information is not easily accessible, remaining secure from potential data security attacks. If there is unfortunately a breach in security, management teams are safe in knowing that such information won't be leaked in the process -- ultimately saving potential revenue losses and reputational damage.

CoroNet

In addition to data leak prevention features, enterprises also can equip themselves with data intervention platforms in order to combat the recent increase in security breaches. Today, there is a growing threat in "commjacking," or highjacking the wireless communication channels that connect devices to both WiFi networks and cellular towers.

Once cybercriminals have commjacked wireless networks, they can record conversations, intercept data transmissions, and even alter the data on the device itself. For enterprises, these particular attacks are catastrophic.

CoroNet offers a solution -- its technology first detects and analyzes threats in the devices' wireless vicinity and then uses machine learning to construct algorithms to prevent malicious attacks. If the sensors locate malicious signals, CoroNet routes around them and ultimately prohibits the device from connecting. This way, devices remain safe from potential commjackers and the data and information inside is secure.

 

In short, it's imperative that enterprises continue to equip themselves with the latest security measures in order to prevent possible breaches. If they do choose to deploy BYOD policies, they should absolutely offer cyber-security training sessions for employees so that employees understand the importance of online security and the damage that security breaches may cause the company.

Hopefully, as more enterprises take the appropriate steps to arm themselves with such preventative solutions, the statistics I mentioned earlier will drop and we'll all be a little safer.

Published on: Feb 24, 2016