These days it seems difficult to avoid news of high-profile data breaches or the continued spread of malware aimed at stealing the confidential information of everyday internet users.
According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, better awareness of internet security threats is the best way for companies and consumers alike to avoid identity theft. That's why the non-profit organization has announced it will host Data Privacy Day, to be held in Janurary 2012.
"Data privacy and cybersecurity are deeply intertwined. Everyone is safer and more secure when people protect their own information and take responsibility to protect the information that others have entrusted to them," NCSA executive director Michael Kaiser said.
During the past several decades, the number of connected devices has risen steadily, leading to greater reliance on the Internet. As such, web users of all kinds are now more than willing to store their personally identifiable information online.
At the same time, the NCSA advised, it's imperative to be sure the information is protected.
"As they benefit from using these technologies, consumers and citizens must be vigilant about protecting their personal information," the organization said.
These days it seems as though nobody is safe from cybersecurity issues. Whether it be companies, mobile users or consumer web surfers, cybercriminals have an attack in mind for just about everybody.
Many of these threats, according to the the Small and Medium Business Technology Alliance, revolve around financial information. That became evident last year, when hackers used the Zeus Trojan to steal millions from global banks.
A new report from the SMB Technology Alliance advised such organizations to employ data security measures, as it's unlikely a bank will cover the losses caused by the theft of financial information.