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39% of Organisations Surveyed Identified a Cyber Attack Between 2021 and 2022

According to official UK government polls  of over 2,000 UK organisations, including businesses, charities and education institutions, 39% identified a cyber-attack in the 12 months preceding the 2021-2022 report, with 31% of businesses and 26% of charities revealing they had experienced at least one attack per week. With alarming statistics like this, it’s time to explore the patterns in our own behaviour and ask ourselves – are we at risk of contributing in some way to cyber criminality, by unwittingly leaving small cyber doors unlatched? Stay protected and avoid the #1 pitfall with Kingston Technology. 

THE #1 PITFALL: GOING IT ALONE WITH PASSWORD PROTECTION 

75% of people are stressed about remembering passwords.2 Feeling that your head is congested with passwords which you are constantly updating and juggling can lead to password fatigue, which leads to poor standards of security hygiene. But getting hacked or being the medium through which a data breach occurs at your workplace is a threat that constantly looms.  

How often are you tempted to re-use passwords across multiple devices and platforms? Do you have them written down in your phone for those days when your mind has undergone a complete password shutdown? Are you regularly gripped by panic and frustration during the day as you try to recall a password?  92% of people know that using the same password or a variation is a risk, but 65% still re-use passwords across accounts3 

DATA PROTECTION IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY 

With confidential data at everyone’s fingertips, it’s not just the CEO or IT lead’s responsibility to manage privacy and data. But they must also identify and enable better working practices that close gaps and bolster weak spots in defence policies.  

As work-from-home culture continues to grow, so does the risk of ‘cross contamination’ from a user’s domestic security infrastructure, upping the requirement for robust measures to secure sensitive commercial data. Investing in a more secure future via roll out of encrypted storage devices even in difficult financial periods is good business sense, helping to seal routes by which data could be lost through user error.  

Providing an important step-change in versatile, all-in-one, user friendly data security tools, Kingston IronKey™ now includes the USB Type-C® Vault Privacy 50C (IKVP50C) drive. Now on any system, users can protect their data against BadUSB and Brute Force attacks with the FIPS 197 Certified & XTS-AES 256-bit hardware-encrypted Vault Privacy 50 series. Plus, the Traditional Complex mode allows for a password from 6-16 characters using 3 out of 4 character sets, while the new Passphrase functionality allows for a numeric PIN, sentence, list of words or even song lyrics from 10 to 64 characters long. Its Admin feature can enable a User and a One-Time Recovery password or reset the User password to restore data access. Even more helpfully, to aid in password entry, the “eye” symbol can be enabled to reveal the typed-in password, reducing typos leading to failed login attempts.  

The award-winning Kingston IronKey hardware-encrypted storage range offers a myriad of additional features designed to safeguard important commercial data, with ascending levels of protection offered through to military grade encryption – leaving you one less thing to worry about.  

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