You may have noticed an uptick in security incidents, most recently millions upon millions of compromised records associated with First American Financial Corp., WhatsApp, Instagram, and Quest Diagnostics. These data breaches have impacted organizations of all sizes, exposing both consumer Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and sensitive business information.
In addition to the known exposure of some of these major data breaches, there’s another breed of incidents that are also being reported: those compromising confidential information on unnamed, unprotected databases with no clear understanding of who owns the data. For example, on June 2nd, 2019, security researchers discovered an unsecured server leaking 264GB of data belonging to Tech Data, an IT infrastructure company, exposing the bank and payment information, PII, company, and account details of its customers and employees. To put the scale of this leak in context, an unprotected database of just 24GB exposed the financial and mortgage information of 80 million American households in April 2019.
Data Breach Response
There are a number of resources available to help your business and your employees if you should experience a data breach. Here are a few that you may find useful:
- Digital Guardian | Data Breach Experts Talk About the Most Important Steps for 2019 and Beyond
- Tom’s Guide | What to Do After a Data Breach
- IdentityForce | Data Breach Blog
Rapid Delivery of ID Theft Protection to Breach Victims
When the worst does happen, you want to ensure that those breach victims – whether your employees, partners, or customers – are protected with top-rated identity theft protection. At IdentityForce, we provide a RapidResponse Breach Program that equips you with what you need immediately – from codes to support and counsel to identity theft protection – to rapidly address and mitigate future potential threats to the business and the personal information you are responsible for.
Learn more about our Breach RapidResponse program with EZShield here.