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How To Prepare For A Data Breach

Does your SMB have a data breach response plan already in place? If your answer is no, you should come up with one ASAP. One of the worst cyber security habits is to have a lax attitude about cyber security. Small and medium sized businesses often think that their chances of getting hacked are so low. However, SMBs are prime targets for hackers because of their vulnerability, which happens to be the result of them not having data breach response plans.

This article in Small Business Trends discusses the 10 Things Your Small Business Data Breach Response Plan Must Have. After reading this article, contact Tru Technical Partners and learn how we can help formulate your data breach response plan.

SMBs Also Fall Victim to Ransomware Attacks

Equifax, HBO, Deloitte: all are large organizations that had recently been hacked. It seems like every week, we learn about another huge company falling victim to a data breach. But what about the little guys or the not-so-big guys? Just because you don’t see SMBs in the news for getting hacked, it doesn’t mean they’re not targets. In fact, SMBs are hackers’ number one target.

This article from TechRepublic discusses how managed service providers (such as Tru Technical Partners) reported that “ransomware is becoming more and more frequent for their SMB partners.” It also explains that the financial strain caused by ransom, downtime, data loss, and class action lawsuits can be too catastrophic for some SMBs to recover from. Read on to find out what industries of SMBs are most targeted by cybercriminals.

Equifax As A Cautionary Tale

In light of the recent Equifax hack, businesses, as well as consumers, should both take precautions. It’s obvious that the 143 million consumers affected by the data breach should take the necessary measures to prevent their identities and/or financial accounts from being misused. But what about businesses – particularly small and medium sized businesses? If one of the three largest American credit bureaus can get hacked, then SMBs need to safeguard their networks to prevent that from happening to them too.

This article from CNBC discusses how and why small businesses are more exposed to hacker threats. That is why Tru Technical Partners offers network security to small and medium sized businesses.

If Yahoo! Can Get Hacked…

Vigilance in the face of an ever increasing cyber threat is essential these days. However, it easy to get complacent. Just take a look at Yahoo!  In this New York Times article the authors go into great depth the difference between a hyper-vigilant mentality like Google maintains and the more complacent one that allowed 500 million accounts to be compromised. That’s 500,000,000. That’s a lot of passwords out in the wild.

Of course who has the time for this sort of thing?

The Panama Papers

As you have probably heard the Panama Papers were one of the most damaging hacking incidents for the clients of a law firm to date. The list of activities that were uncovered from tax evasion and tax avoidance to money laundering was staggering. In addition the range of public figures (read: CLIENTS) who were effected was equally incredible. The release of these private files brought down the Icelandic prime minister, and forced Britain’s prime minister at the time, David Cameron, to explain himself publicly. The prominence of Putin associates in the Panama Papers confirmed many things that were always suspected of Putin. China, also had its share of prominent people represented and damaged by this hack.

You have to ask yourself, what would happen if your client’s files were hacked? Would they be your clients the next day? Would you still have a business?

The Panama Papers Leak


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