Massive data breaches like the ones that exposed users of adultery site Ashley Madison and Sony Pictures' gender pay gap, are happening with increasing regularity despite all the money companies are throwing at the problem. Here's why:
Companies believe traditional methods of protecting their infrastructure will keep the "bad guys" away. But, with employees using devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops to conduct business, hackers have more opportunities than ever to gain access to critical information. Technical teams tend to focus primarily on anti-malware software or "state-of-the-art" firewalls but all of these solutions are designed simply to keep unauthorized persons out of the network.This is exactly the scenario that hackers want because once they're inside — the data are free for the taking. It has been proven over and over again that keeping the "bad guys" out is ineffective. Hackers know this fact — and they exploit it. By the time a company reacts, it's too late.