In light of today’s announcement that Marriott/Starwood Hotels had the second largest data breach in US history (citation), we thought we’d give you some insight and security solutions to keep your business and customer data safe.
One of the most astounding facts about the Marriott breach is that the hackers had access to customers’ passport numbers, names, addresses, email addresses, and credit card information since 2014. That is four years of access! (It’s important to note, that as of right now, it hasn’t been reported how the hackers gained access to the network and why it went unnoticed for such a long period of time).
Our concern is that small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) hear about a massive data breach and think, “It won’t happen to us. Hackers only target large Enterprise companies.” This is not true.
In fact, there is a common form of malware that can go unnoticed for long periods of time called Trojan Horses. A ccording to a newly published report by DATTO which surveyed 2,400+ managed IT service providers, 38% of client breaches in from Q2 2016 to Q2 2018 were trojan horses (citation).
And of course, ransomware remains a consistent threat.
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At Consilien, we’ve never had a Managed Service customer suffer excessive downtime from a malware attack. We ensure that our customers are well informed and secure. More importantly, our clients are prepared for any eventuality that may threaten their business from ransomware to human error to leaky pipes. #BeyondBackup #Cybersecurity #DataSecurity