Increasing cybercrime across the globe has taken a toll on companies and their users. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)’s H1 2022 Data Breach Report, there have been 817 publicly-reported data compromises in the United States this year alone.
While this represents a 4% decrease compared to 2021, the statistics are staggering nonetheless. Ransomware attacks and malware continue to be a main cause of cyber attacks, sounding alarms for everyone to better guard their company data.
To no surprise, tech companies — often conducting the majority of their operations online — haven’t been spared. In 2022, previous data breaches have surfaced that highlight their extent, and real-life impact, on more than 200 million users — along with records of affected data and the damages/expenses involved with recovering information.
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- What is a cybersecurity incident?
- 6 facts you didn’t know about data breaches
- How can I protect my company from a data breach?
What is a cybersecurity incident?
The National Cyber Security Center of U.K. defines a cybersecurity incident — or a cyber attack — as the “breach of a system’s security policy in order to affect its integrity or availability.”
There are different types of cyber attacks, and different reasons why an individual or organization would want to break into the security system of another individual, company or organization. Let’s review:
Data breaches vs. data leaks
Even though they share similar names, these cyber incidents don’t cover the same risk factors.
A data breach happens when an unauthorized party breaks into a company, individual or organization’s system in order to disrupt, steal, control or manipulate private, sensitive or protected information. In these types of cyber incidents, a company is either forced to pay a ransom, or act involuntarily, so the ransomware releases the hijacked data without revealing it to the public.
These ransomware attacks entail a major threat to the data security of many businesses. In 2021 alone, 5.9 billion accounts were impacted by data breaches.
Over time, data breaches have become much more frequent, affecting companies of all sizes and industries. So far this year, one of the industries most impacted by sensitive data breaches is the technology industry.
A data leak, on the other hand, happens when sensitive and private information is unknowingly exposed to the public against the victim’s will. This type of cyber incident has historically occurred in many different fields: from leaking pictures of celebrities in new relationships and sharing unreleased album singles, to revealing databases containing projects or even crimes.
What’s more, there are other types of cyber attacks that have a purpose not directly linked to the hijacking and exfiltration of data, but instead to the sabotage of a project. These instances slow down or cause an interruption to a website, product or service.
In sum, data breaches have been on the rise for a number of years, with the most impactful cyber attacks happening in the past couple — especially in terms of the cost of damages involved.
6 facts you didn’t know about data breaches
- The damage cost of a data breach in 2022 is approximately $4.35 million.
- The United States is the country most affected by data breaches, encompassing 57% of data breaches and 97% of data records compromised.
- It takes almost six months for a company or a firm to find out about a data breach attack.
- Approximately 68 documents get compromised every second — oh, the Internet, what a beautiful place.
- It takes months for a company to recover from a cyber attack — no, paying a ransom is not the only thing they need to do.
- 6.4 million fake emails are in circulation every day — stop clicking on them, mom.
Now, we don’t want you to be alarmed…but so far in September alone, a dozen cyber attacks have been confirmed. Below, we’ve compiled a timeline of significant Major Data Breaches that have been reported by the media during September of 2022, up to the 20th of this month.
How can I protect my company from a data breach?
We know you don’t have a single new password left in you, but cybersecurity is a never-ending battle. Meaning, if you keep being loyal to that password you created when you were 12… you’ll lose. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your data — for you and your company:
- Instead of using the notes on your phone, invest in a password manager for you and your team — this will allow you to create strong passwords for each important account, and store them all in a safe place.
- Whenever possible, activate 2-Factor authentication to create a second shield of protection for your valuable data.
- Provide your employees with training materials to help them identify suspicious activities or cyber incidents in a timely manner and increase their digital identity security.
Every day, different job roles enter a more remote and digital environment. Even if you’re not part of a tech company, there’s no doubt defending the information we store on the Internet is extremely important — regardless of company size or sector.
Data breach statistics reveal 43% of small businesses also fall for cyber attacks that result in the loss of sensitive information, resources and money. Always remember to update your security systems to protect your company from suffering a data breach.
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