To start off this article I’m going to touch upon how frail online security is in an age so dependant on social media, online marketing, and ultimately, online shopping. We all know fraudsters exist, and a few of us may have even experienced it, but just as quickly as technology is managing to prevent cybercrime, hackers stay one step ahead.

You’ve all no doubt heard about the iCloud email hack, right? The news has recently been crammed with stories of celebrities having their “naughty” pictures hacked and littered on Twitter for all and sundry to view. Celeb’s voicemail have also been hacked in the past, leading to many prosecutions; however, what good are prosecutions when us mortals aren’t being given the same level of attention and help? Imagine the power hackers have once they access to your bank details and passwords.

Going into 2015, many businesses are well aware of the potential damage and losses fraud can cause, data security now taking top priority. If you consider the online retail giant Amazon and the fact they had to recently change their customers’ passwords in order to close a security gap, you’ll understand the power the modern hacker beholds.

Big companies pay large sums to experts to ensure data security is tight, yet a 19-year-old breached Amazon’s security. The teenager was able to gain access to a user’s account, thereby managing to view the last four digits of a linked debit/credit card. These digits were then used in order to trick Apple into thinking it was dealing with the same user, thus Apple then providing the hacker with a temporary password. Once inside, the teen managed to wipe the user’s iPhone and MacBook, as well as gaining access to email accounts. So you see the level of cunning going on here?

Data Security & Private Investigators

One aspect of data security is being dealt with by the hiring of private investigators – businesses are now using them for a variety of reasons, from conducting credit checks to investigating insurance claims and even vetting for potential employees. Big organisations such as banks and insurance companies, as well as the government, have found these checks help in data protection and security.

Private investigators are a good way in covering areas of data security the tech experts can’t. Although IT and Internet white-coats may have the knowledge and ability to put locks and walls in place behind your computer screen, they can’t prevent potential fraud taking place in the form of the corrupt employee. The term ‘inside job’ should be a firm’s biggest fear and threat, for these people can often go unseen for some time, plucking passwords and relevant data needed to commit fraud.

If you are sure your IT specialists are doing a good job their end but areas of security are still being breached, using a PI to investigate any potential outside or inside threats will take your level of security up a few notches, giving peace of mind for you, your organisation, but most importantly of all, your clientèle/customers.