A data breach is a security incident in which information is accessed without authorization. Cyber attacks and data breaches are becoming more common than ever before, and many Fortune 500 organizations are wondering who will get hit next in 2019. A cyber attack happens every 39 seconds and the average cost of a cyber-attack is now $1.7 million dollars and, many organizations continue to lack essential cybersecurity strategies and tactics.
How Does a Data Breach happen?
Hackers are always developing new methods to bypass firewalls, and technology has allowed cybercriminals to easily steal private personal information. Hackers often take private customer information such as credit card information, social security numbers, and other private information to sell on the dark web. There are several ways a hacker can get access into a network and the most popular methods are through e-mail phishing, exploiting vulnerabilities within a network, and targeted malware attacks. Phishing is when a hacker will disguise an email to look legit and verified, but as soon as the victim opens the email a download will start in the background allowing a hacker easy access. E-mail phishing is the most popular hacking method because it could happen to anyone and the victim could easily be fooled. Finding vulnerabilities within a network can be difficult, but very rewarding if found before it can be exploited. Having out of date software within an organization can be detrimental and provide an easy way in for attackers.
How Can I Avoid a Data Breach or Cyber-attack?
Data breaches or cyber attacks can happen at any time or even by accident, but the important thing is to be secure and prepared. Having a team of certified cybersecurity professionals can ensure that you are protected from cyber threats and attackers. Large or small organizations should also have regular penetration testing so that vulnerabilities can be exposed and patched before a hacker notices them. Also, using a strong password, backing up and restoring files, and using email filters can protect you from cyber-attacks or data breaches. Overall data breaches will only become a larger issue as technology continues to grow, but the best way we can protect ourselves is through education. Learn about cybersecurity practices and techniques today by calling 703-535-8600! Let’s get better and smarter together.
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