A data breach is basically the intentional or accidental release of sensitive or confidential personal/financial/business/electronic/computer data to an unauthenticated or unauthorised environment. The most common terminology used for this phenomenon is data loss, intentional data leak, data spill and unsecured data. All of these names mean the same thing, the release of personal/financial/business/electronic/computer/securities data to an unauthenticated or unauthorised environment.
There are many ways through which sensitive information can be compromised in a data breach. These include external attacks from third parties, internal corruption within the organisation itself, human error such as a human error or a computer or network infection. Sometimes it is not even the fault of an individual or group of individuals.
It is important to note that there are many different ways through which sensitive information can be compromised in a data breach. An organisation needs to ensure that it has an established security policy that ensures the safe handling and storage of information. This is particularly important if the information contained within the organisation includes financial or banking details.
Data that has been stolen from the organisation is an area that is very difficult to recover from. It is not always the case that a company will have the necessary resources to successfully recover sensitive information and therefore many companies will often opt to have an outside company to conduct a full recovery of the data. This can take a long time, and the only way to ensure that you do not experience any future incidents is to make sure that your company has a robust data recovery process that includes an audit trail to ensure the data was correctly handled and recovered.
Another important thing to consider is that a data breach can also be classified into different types. There is what is referred to as a basic data breach where the actual breach has occurred. A basic breach will usually occur when a person gains access to sensitive information from an external source. The most common example of this is a hacker gaining access to a database containing vital personal/financial/business/electronic/computer information.
A more severe form of the breach can be called a critical breach. These occur when a person has access to the data via a computer system that was infected. This includes viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and key loggers. Other breaches will occur through malicious software such as worms and Trojans. Some people have also intentionally placed spyware on the computer and caused the computer to malfunction, leading to the loss of sensitive data.