Companies and individuals must protect their data as they would their physical assets. Spend a little extra on digital security software. Monitor your systems for vulnerabilities, scan and update often, implement firewall protection, change passwords often and never repeat them, and purge legacy systems. By actively promoting good cyber hygiene practices, servers, personal computers, mobile phone and IoT devices’ data will be better protected and outside attacks will be thwarted.
Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information -- including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses. Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29. The data breach is one of the worst ever, by its reach and by the kind of information exposed to the public.
By: Travis Wall, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Massive data breaches have become so prevalent that they are no longer big news. The cyber attacks that do grab headlines typically involve banks or large retailers, in which tens or hundreds of millions of records may have been stolen.