On average, organizations experience 180 incidents involving sensitive data, or one every 12 working hours, according to Egress. The three top causes of outbound email data breaches include: the wrong recipient added, wrong file attached or replying to a phishing scam.
Chinese start-up Socialarks suffered a massive data breach, exposing more than 400GB of personal data, including several high-profile celebrities and social media influencers, according to Safety Detectives.
Ethical hacking and security research group Sakura Samurai researchers disclosed a security vulnerability that would allow access to over 100,000 private employee records of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
CISA has released Emergency Directive (ED) 21-01 Supplemental Guidance version 3: Mitigate SolarWinds Orion Code Compromise, providing guidance that supersedes Required Action 4 of ED 21-01 and Supplemental Guidance versions 1 and 2.
To close out the year, U.S. telecommunications giant T-Mobile announced it had been hacked. In a notice, the company said its cybersecurity team had discovered and shut down malicious, unauthorized access to some information related to T-Mobile accounts.
I have been in the cybersecurity industry for more than 20 years now. I have founded, operated, and exited several cybersecurity startups. I also advised, invested in, and even acquired a handful. Despite successful outcomes, my experience has left me perhaps a little jaded. Are we winning the battle? When I log into my various web accounts, I am so often reminded that my password had been stolen, sometimes alongside with my personal information. Even major financial institutions and government agencies have suffered a similar fate. Cybersecurity is broken, and here is why.
Avast found that almost 40% of small business employees think that a staff member who unknowingly clicks a malicious link would be held personally responsible for a data breach, which could be encouraging employees to keep quiet rather than flagging a potential threat.
In the years since, the need for uniform security policies and processes across the entire enterprise — from the boardroom to the home office, the assembly line to the warehouse — has become increasingly obvious. To get started, we have created a simple five step program for executives to ensure their organization is protected against the latest threat vectors and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.
As society continues to navigate through the ongoing pandemic, hackers are honing in on new targets and new means to access sensitive data. To prepare for 2021, Experian is releasing its eighth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast, which predicts five major threats to watch.