Security Breach– 9 July 2021

Security Breach– 9 July 2021

Companies that maintain low cybersecurity standards pay the price in more ways than oneCompanies that maintain low cybersecurity standards pay the price in more ways than one.

Many companies spent 2020 in survival mode, and that’s understandable – it’s almost hard to believe that so many major challenges emerged in the same year.

That led to many companies becoming slapdash about security updates, refreshed cybersecurity awareness training and basic cybersecurity hygiene. It’s time to get back on track before one of these disasters comes knocking on your door.

Investing in boosting your staff’s cybersecurity risk awareness and adding fast affordable protection against many risks is a must for any company that wants to avoid a data breach – and no one can afford that right now.

Recent Breaches

 

USA – Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG): Insurance Broker

Exploit: Ransomware

Risk to Small Business: Severe: Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG), a US-based global insurance brokerage and risk management firm, is mailing breach notification letters to customers impacted in a previously unannounced ransomware attack that hit its systems in late September 2020. The company said that an unknown party accessed data contained within their network between June 3, 2020, and September 26, 2020. The company has apparently just completed its investigation.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: Severe: While the company did not specify the types of data exposed, their SEC filing did and PII starred heavily on the list. Data exposed may include a client’s Social Security number or tax identification number, driver’s license, passport or other government identification number, date of birth, username and password, employee identification number, financial account or credit card information, electronic signature, medical treatment, claim, diagnosis, medication or other medical information, health insurance information, medical record or account number and biometric information.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

United Kingdom – Salvation Army

Exploit: Ransomware

Risk to Small Business: Severe: The United Kingdom arm of the evangelical Christian nonprofit Salvation Army disclosed that it had been the victim of an unspecified cyberattack. The industry press are reporting that the attack was purportedly ransomware but no confirmation is available at this time. The fundamentalist charity says that no programs were impacted and has not released information about the type of data that was stolen.

Risk to Exploited Individuals: There has not yet been confirmation that consumer personal or financial information has been compromised in this incident but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

 

Contact Total Computer Technology today and let us help you stay on track to avoid the perils of sloppy cybersecurity.

Robert Brown
9/7/2021

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