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What is a Data Breach?

It is important to differentiate data breaches from other cybersecurity attacks. According to The Identity Theft Resource Center, a data breach is “an incident in which an individual’s name, social security number, driver’s license number, medical record, or financial record is potentially put at risk because of exposure.” In short, it is an incident where information is taken or stolen from a system without the authorization of the owner.

 

What is the Impact of a Data Breach?

Although no two data breaches are the same, they all have negative consequences, ranging from legal fines to having to close your doors for good. For businesses where sensitive data is exposed, the result is broken customer trust, loss of existing or new business, and lawsuits that result in hefty fines.

 

Mitigating and Responding to a Security Breach

If a breach happens, there are certain steps that can mitigate and contain an incident. In the past we have seen several major companies including Yahoo and Uber try to conceal the depth of a breach. Companies must do everything in their power to protect customers and shareholders and be transparent about their efforts to build trust. After a breach, a company should stem the flow and stop additional data loss by identifying vulnerabilities and fixing them.

 

No More Outages

One of the biggest concerns about cloud services is the potential for loss of control and outages. While cloud services have many benefits and can be a critical part to any business’s operations, it is important to have a plan in place to mitigate the risk of an outage. It is worth your time to learn about all the offerings that a cloud service provider has. LightEdge protects customers using our cloud services from top threats. From simply ordering-up capacity in fully-managed environments to private clouds that are a customized configuration of infrastructure into any layer of the stack, LightEdge’s world-class  facilities built to Tier III standards and talented engineers are ready to accommodate your business’ requirements. LightEdge is committed to keeping our customers’ IT operations, critical applications and data protected. We provide the technology and resources our customers require to get to a production state that meets their RTO and RPO requirements.

LightEdge also offers a comprehensive set of disaster recovery solutions to ensure uninterrupted performance of IT operations and mission-critical systems in the event of a disaster. Redundancy is built into each of our data centers in Des MoinesKansas CityOmaha, and newly acquired Austin and Raleigh. Each of our LightEdge facilities strive to deliver more than traditional data centers. We have created true Hybrid Solution Centers designed to offer a complete portfolio of high-speed, secure, redundant, local cloud services and managed gateways to public clouds through our hardened facilities.

Want to learn more about LightEdge’s compliant cloud services? Contact one of our cloud computing experts to get started or to schedule your private tour of any of our data centers. We have security, compliance and cloud experts standing by to answer any of your questions.

 


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Shawn Rielly

Shawn joined the LightEdge team in July of 2021. She specializes in creating written and visual content for end users. Primarily, Shawn focuses on delivering eye-catching graphics for LightEdge’s audience that are usually based on LightEdge blogs. One of the many skills she has is using the application of Adobe Creative Cloud.