Kate’s Data Breach Sparks Urgent Call for Enhanced Security Measures

Kate Middleton has been under the spotlight even more than usual since the release of an “edited” photograph earlier in March. Since then, her medical and health has been questioned by the media and the public, the latest in the news being about a potential hack into her medical data files from the Royal family’s private hospital The London Clinic.

What we Know About Kate Middleton So Far

The event is still shrouded in mystery, but what we do know is that the private hospital where Kate Middleton had a surgery last night is wrapped up in an alleged internal data breach. The London Clinic is refusing to disclose whether the staff who allegedly attempted to hack into the Princess’ medical records was still working there after the incident.

It was claimed that at least one member of staff tried to access the files of Middleton’s information after her planned abdominal surgery. The London Clinic has launched an urgent investigation into the incident.

If the Princess of Wales’s mystery breach is anything to go by, it’s that security systems need to be jacked up. Here’s how a security breach can be avoided: 

Cyber Security at a Glance

  • Finding a combination of reliable security systems is essential to secure not only the highly sensitive parts of your network, but all the data in your organisation too.
  • Use blockchain technology and smart contracts to securely store data and prevent unauthorised access.
  • Work with ethical hackers to identify vulnerabilities and strengthen security measures.
  • Implement comprehensive network security measures, including segmentation and damage control strategies, to safeguard against breaches.
  • Prioritise ongoing cybersecurity programmes and awareness training for all staff to mitigate social engineering attacks.
  • Maintain the security of wireless connections by regularly updating technology and changing passwords.
  • Conduct regular audits to identify and remove outdated or unnecessary data, reducing the risk of exposure.
  • Develop and regularly review a response plan to effectively manage and mitigate the impact of data breaches when they occur.

How to Make Sure Data Stays Secure in a Network

Keep data on the blockchain

Using smart contracts to store information, in a safe and secure manner, can help protect it from being seen and stolen by someone who shouldn’t have access to it. 

For corporates: Work with White or Grey-Hat hackers

A white or grey hat hacker is a person who uses their powers for good. Ironic as it might sound, working with hackers is one of the best ways to secure systems from hackers. They are available as consults or in-house. 

Protect the entire network, not just the data or specific department

One chink in the armour and the entire network could be at stake. Most companies put too much into perimeter security and neglect that they should look at ways to do damage control if there’s a breach. This comes down to techniques like segregating networks so that if a hacker does break into the system, they are isolated to that area and won’t be able to gain access to the data stored across the network. 

Educate the team and make sure training is always up to date

Social engineering is one of the most common, and most often successful ways of attackers gaining access to a network. Cybersecurity relies as much on the security systems as it does on the users in the system. A security program should include staff training so that each person in the network knows what to look for. 

Make sure all wireless connections are always secure

More and more, organisations are relying on wireless connection for office networks. This brings in some vulnerabilities. If an attacker can break into the connection, they could also gain access to the data. This is especially the case with outdated routers and technology that has not been updated with more robust security systems. Changing passwords frequently can help mitigate breaches in this too. 

Audit often and delete old data

While having a history of information is helpful, it can be a risk. The more information is held, the more data there is to gain. This is especially relevant with high-sensitive information – including medical information! Properly auditing the info can help the process of knowing what is important – and should be prioritised to be protected – and what may not be relevant anymore. 

Have a response plan of action

IF a data breach should happen, it’s critical to know what to do. Having a plan of action that will isolate the damage to a single point of attack can save the network more from having a lot more data stolen.

Using a combination of security set-ups can help manage and maintain a robust system. Keep hackers out and keep your data inside.

Becky Leighton is a chip off the old blockchain. She’s spent the last seven years reading about and writing in the world of crypto, Web3, and decentralised technology.

You’ll either find her running or keeping an eye on any and all developments in the tech space.

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