When hackers gained access to Solara email accounts, they extracted employee and patient information. Solara is a medical device provider based in Chula Vista and maintains highly sensitive personal information about patients. Although the company has taken steps to prevent future attacks, people caught up in last year’s hack are still at risk and need to carefully monitor the Dark Web to see if their information is for sale.
1. SMBs being pushed into bankruptcy by data breaches
A recent survey by Zogby Analytics confirmed what many people already knew: data breaches are wreaking havoc on SMBs. In particular, the financial implications of a data breach are overwhelming their capacity and forcing them to take drastic action.
The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 small business leaders, found that 37% of SMBs that experienced a data breach suffered financial loss and 25% filed for bankruptcy. Ultimately, 10% of SMBs went out of business following a data breach. SMBs must have a disaster response plan to deal with the high likelihood of being breached.
1. 20 Texas cities attacked by ransomware
The City of Borger, along with 20 other Texas municipalities, recently suffered a ransomware attack that disabled the city’s ability to conduct business. The attack was part of a targeted effort, and it cut off access to basic city services like public records, bill payments and communications systems. The city has been able to restore several functions without paying the ransom, but several services remain unavailable.
Many public entities such as cities and counties struggle to implement adequate cyber security solutions. DiamondIT works closely with municipalities to manage their networks within restrained budgets and long planning cycles.
Cities, enterprises, nonprofits, small businesses and your organization are all united by one commonality: the threat cybercriminals pose. A successful attack harms more than your finances and will impact every facet of your business. 60% of small businesses will close after being hit with a cyberattack. The right IT investments prevent attacks and limit downtime and damage during a worst-case scenario. Below are 4 costs to consider and the solutions you can use to protect your business.
1. Thousands of patients exposed in L.A. County Dept. of Health data breach
A recent phishing attack on the Los Angeles County Department of Health released names, addresses, dates of birth and Medi-Cal identification numbers to third-party hackers. Although the county reports there is no evidence at this time that this information is being misused, you should enroll in the provided credit and identity monitoring services being offered.
SMBs: It is possible to check if your company has information for sale on the Dark Web. Once you know if your credentials are compromised, you can act. Sign up for a Free Dark Web Scan here.
Cybercrime is not a new problem, but one that keeps evolving as technology itself progresses. As we enter into 2019, the cybercrime conundrum continues: it is not a matter of IF a company or institution will be targeted by cybercriminals, but WHEN.
Every year in October, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promotes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a time when organizations are asked to take stock of the state of their network security. However, as we head into the holiday season, with Cyber Monday and other online sales and promotions abound – cybersecurity for both businesses and consumers is an issue everyone should pay attention to year-round.
Data is the DNA of any business or organization. And your data – whether it’s research and development, payroll information, client payment details, or any other mission-critical information – is up for grabs by cybercriminals who want nothing more than to sell stolen data on the dark web.
It’s a good news-bad news scenario: Many IT teams, from government to agriculture to healthcare and everything in between, are receiving an abundance of threat notifications from their next-gen firewalls and operating systems. The cause? Suspicious malware lurking in an organization’s network.
Have you received what looks like a very legitimate email suggesting you need to upgrade your Microsoft 365 account? Maybe the IRS sent you a notification regarding a “critical alert” via email? If so, do not engage! A new wave of phishing attacks is trying to get users to respond to fake emails that could easily infect your computer with a virus that can compromise your passwords.