Hello and welcome to our monthly news roundup. Today, we’ll be talking about retailers, and how data breaches continue to affect them this holiday season. We’re also discussing the cloud’s growth, and whether your data is physically protected We’ll also touch base on concerns that patients aren’t being careful about their own records.

With the holiday season in full swing, storefronts are being haunted by the ghosts of data breaches past. Target is still reeling from losing 46 percent of its annual earnings from consumers shopping elsewhere after being hacked this time last year.  Meanwhile, Home Depot is facing at least 20 lawsuits for being compromised throughout this year.  With lawsuits and negligence often being tossed around in the fallout, data breaches are the types of Christmas ghosts that scare executives out of the corporate suite.

So where are they sending their data to now? Answer: the cloud. It keeps getting bigger, and more data centers are needed to store it all. Software giant Cisco released its annual Global Cloud Index, and it shows a storm of data brewing. Over the next four years, total cloud traffic is expected to grow at an annual rate of 23 percent. By the end of 2018, the amount of traffic coming from data centers will be so vast that you could stream every single movie and television show ever made about 250,000 times.

Among the data that’s being passed around are patient records, and the people are surprisingly unworried. A study released by Truven Health Analytics and NPR stated that only 16 percent of people were concerned who was looking at their health records, while less than 15 percent showed any fear about their data being secure.

With traffic increasing, there will be a demand for more physical data centers. That means security systems will be needed to prevent criminals from physically getting inside and accessing private data centers. There are three common methods, but only one can truly provide comprehensive security. Passwords can easily be figured out or hacked, ID cards and key fobs can get lost or stolen, and readers might shut off at random. Only biometrics systems like fingerprint readers provide a solution which is accessible yet not easily circumvented by crooks. With the diluge of lucrative data coming, is your data center protected against a break-in?

Thanks for watching! To learn about how Digitus Biometrics guarantees center security, click the link at the end of this video or give us a call. See you next month!