Beware of Breaches

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It’s Halloween - let’s get spooky with a look at some of the scariest breaches of 2017.

  • Equifax: The Equifax breach might be the most notable of the year resulting in the compromise of personal information such as credit score, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers. This breach is being hailed as the largest of all time affecting nearly 143 million Americans.
  • Hyatt Hotels: On the 12th of this month, Hyatt Hotels suffered its second credit card breach in the last two years. In this round Hyatt’s cybersecurity team found unauthorized access to credit card information - particularly access to cards that had been manually entered or swiped at specific locations.
  • Deloitte failed to utilize two-factor authentication which allowed hackers total access to the company’s email system.
  • Arby's: In February, Arby’s announced that payment systems in a number of corporate stores had been affected by malware. No one knows how many stores were affected or how much information was taken.

Think breaches are just for retail? Think again.

  • St. Mark's Surgery Center: St. Mark’s Surgery Center discovered a ransomware attack that affected 33,877 patients and their health information.
  • Pacific Alliance Medical Center: The servers of Pacific Alliance Medical Center were impacted by a ransomware attack that may have affected the patient records of 260,000 people.
  • Women's Health Care Group Of Pennsylvania: 260,000 not a scary enough number? The Women’s Health Care Group of Pennsylvania reported that hackers gained access to the personal health information of 300,000 patients.

The scary truth is hackers and breaches are a very prominent threat to not only your personal data but also to your network. However, there are ways to keep these threats at bay.

Three ways to give your business a fighting chance against ghouls and ghosts in your network are:

  • Provide pervasive visibility to all points in the network with aggregated TAP's and SPAN's to monitor 24/7 with vulnerabilty scanners and packet capture capabilities.
  • Monitor all entry points in a data network. Inline Bypass TAPs provide fail-safe protection of network traffic with Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) appliances.
  • Eliminate duplicate data to optimize traffic visibility. With the ability to remove duplicate packets, deduplication can reduce the amount of network traffic going to monitoring and security tools by as much as 55%.

To learn more about safeguarding your network, contact the APCON team on 503-682-4050 or via our contact us form.

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