The Effects Of Data Leakage On Individuals And Organisations

1210 Words5 Pages
Data leakage is described as the deliberate or illegal transmission of sensitive data from an organisation, individual or data center to an unauthorised party or external world (Shabtai, Yuval and Rokach 2012, Sirbhate 2013). Data leakage is a security threat because sensitive data on individuals and organisations are in an unauthorised and often public domain. Thus it’s practically impossible to recover or prevent leaked data from propagating. Consequences of data leakage can be far-reaching and classified into direct and non-direct consequences (Kale and Kulkarini 2012). Direct consequences include tangible losses like loss of students’ data while indirect losses include distributed denial-of-services attack (Shabtai, Yuval and Rokach 2012). Furthermore there are incidences where recovery from data leakage is practically impossible. An example is leakage of knowledge that maintains an individual’s or organisations’ competitive edge such as treasured and non-substitutable resources (Ahmed, Bosua and Scheepers 2014). Therefore it becomes imperative that data leakage is detected and prevented. Security technical approaches that maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability are applied to secure and manage sensitive data. However, data leakage incidences are becoming common and prevalent. According to Symantec (2014), there was 62% increase in data breach occurrence in 2013 than in 2012 and eight of those uncovered 10 million identities respectively. The
Open Document