Debesh Choudhury

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Why are Data so Vulnerable?

Why are Data so Vulnerable?


Data breach has become very common. Every year more and more data breach cases are in the news. We can guess that there would be more data breach cases than those are leaked.

Weak security strategy is the main reason

Why is data so vulnerable? Weak security strategy is the main reason. Hackers are also getting more skilled. They are paid to hack data. Even hackers are also hacked.

It is learned that Equifax blamed a single employee responsible who forgot to install an update of a program. As if that very update of the program could have prevented the Equifax data breach!

Many vendors are still using obsolete software, such as Microsoft XP

But it is also true that many financial service providers are reluctant to upgrade their software because of associated cost and service disruption. Many vendors are still using the Microsoft XP which has been made obsolete since 2014. I have seen many ATMs which are still running Microsoft XP.

Most data were used to be stored unencrypted

Most data were used to be stored unencrypted. This is the most vulnerable cause. The hackers can't use the hacked data If the data are encrypted. News says that only 4% of data breaches after 2013 were security breaches. There the data were encrypted so the hacked data were useless to the hackers and safe for the people.

Recent news says, "Hackers use antivirus software to hack data"

News says, "Hackers use antivirus software to hack data". Windows computer users have a deep security concern. While you install the antivrus software, there remains a loop hole. Your private data can be stolen while updating it. My felling is that using GNU/Linux is a easy way you can avoid needing antivirus.

How data vulnerability can be tacked?

Cybersecurity is a big challenge in this Internet woven world. The personal and financial data are prone to security threats every now and then. Unless a proper data security strategy is adopted, the online future will face a touch challenge for data protection.

What is happening around data security? Are the financial giants doing it right with the precious customer data? I will be happy to get your views, counter views and suggestions. Please share the post among your network.


My research on facial recognition using 3D shape-sensing technology and multimodal fingerprinting is the cutting edge in biometric security. I have presented my research at the 2016 SPIE Defense + Security conference in Baltimore.

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Debesh Choudhury is an academician and researcher. He is interested in the science and engineering of optics and electronics. He uses GNU/Linux, Free and Open Source Software for all his works related to computers, be it educational or entertainment, professional or personal.

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Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #11

And the right technology strategy is required to get rid of the problem associated with #DataBreach

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #10

More self awareness is required .. I agree with you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador .. We should be more careful about our own security over the Internet
We, as users, can't always depend or trust others to protect us. We have to take responsibility in protecting our security. Educating ourselves and staying aware can be helpful. I try to be careful and not take anything for granted.

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #8

Excellent view Martin Wright .. Security depends on how much we take care about everything .. the smaller details can cause huge damage. Since information is exchanged electronically through the Internet, it has become a challenge for the users as well as the service probiders

Martin Wright

4 years ago #7

In a sense people have to stop thinking of data as electronic and think of it as information. By giving it a physical form one can start to see where vulnerabilities are. Most data breaches are through simple lack of care, either by using personal enail to foward sensitive data (this cost Hilary the election) or by not setting a secure entry system. However do not underestimate the damage caused by deliberate sabotage. These days that is so simple - you can even pass on a virus using text on a piece of paper. Security is the responsibility of us all.

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #6

Thanks Numo Quest for your follow up reply. The real world is not digital but fuzzy. So the solution to real world problems would also come from fuzzy considerations. Moreover, the solution won't be exactly one. There could be multiple solutions to a single problem.

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #5

Thanks a lot Numo Quest for your long comment to my small post. The problems are experienced everyday but they come in different forms. So there can't be an exact solution. Now digital is more fuzzy than exact digital. There comes the very often used artificial intelligence (AI). Then AI will never give an easy solution. That is why it is a long run. It is now a battle between the AI of the ethical hackers and the unethical hackers or the criminals.

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #4

Thanks @Zacharis for sharing the links of the videos on cybersecurity

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #3

Banks are the most affected and hence the public .. Thanks Pascal Derrien for your time

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

4 years ago #2

Thank you Debesh for bringing more awareness to this crucial matter. I just have to say two things: 1. if there is a data breach, you can be 99.9999% sure that it's due to some negligence or stupidity in the security system (or lack thereof), and 2. I have created a couple of videos on Safari Books Online, where I cover cyber security topics, with a focus on things you can do to improve your own security against cyber threats: and

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #1

Protocols and policies are seriously lagging behind in terms of investments in certain industries, banks have been at the forefront because they got bitten badly in the thinks :-)

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