In today’s Business climate there are many ways businesses face risks. Some businesses are in industries where they take risks just by being open for business. Take a roofing company for example. They have employees who climb on top of a house on a daily basis. That is a pretty big risk. Other businesses face risks in other ways like hiring and firing employees, generating enough revenue and becoming victim to a data breach. Data breaches are one of the most dangerous risks that many businesses fail to protect themselves from. It does not matter the size nor the scope of your business, hackers are targeting you.
You’ve probably seen ads offering “identity protection” services. In fact, nobody can guarantee you won’t experience identity theft. Those services offer identity monitoring and repair — things you can do yourself, for free.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions, a B2B unit of the telecommunications giant that gets called in to help Fortune 500’s respond to some of the world’s largest data breaches, is reeling from its own data breach involving the theft and resale of customer data.
It’s been a rough few years for retailers of every size as they continue the struggle against hacking events and data breaches. The estimate for 2015 breaches was that every compromised customer or employee record cost the business an average of $154 US. In one study of over 350 companies who’d suffered a data breach in that year, researchers found the average total cost per company to be $3.9 million.
Grand Street Medical Associates is a multi-disciplinary practice in Kingston, New York. At some point, what appears to be a vast amount of their patients’ protected health information was left exposed on an unsecured FTP server. The leak was discovered by Justin Shafer, who notified GSMA and then contacted DataBreaches.net on March 12.
The Internet has brought us so many benefits; email, electronic messaging, and personal websites allow us to stay connected, informed, and involved with family and friends. The Internet also provides an easy way to shop, plan travel, and manage finances. However, with these increased conveniences comes increased risk. Just like any other public environment, the Internet requires awareness and caution. Just as you use locks to keep criminals out of your home, you also need safeguards to secure your computer.
A group of hackers, previously involved in various hacktivism campaigns, have accidentally made their way into an ICS/SCADA system installed at a water treatment facility and have altered crucial settings that controlled the amount of chemicals used to treat tap water.
At this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest, no target escaped unscathed. The hacking teams found 21 vulnerabilities in Windows, Mac OS X, Flash, Safari, Edge and Chrome, for which they were awarded a total of $460,000.