2017 in review: No company is safe from a data breach

Sixty. That's the amount of personal records stolen or lost in the one second it took you to read that, according to the Breach Level Index.

Being told the frequency with which data breaches occur can seem a bit meaningless nowadays considering the cyberattacks that took place at Fortune 500 companies in 2017. In fact, it's likely at this point that your personal information has been compromised.

As the year comes to an end, let's take a look at some of the cyberattacks that dominated the headlines - and discuss why cybersecurity is more important now than ever before.

The big three

While there were a number of data breaches that took place at high profile corporations in 2017, there are three that had the most wide-ranging influence:

  • Equifax: The credit rating agency reported that between May and June, the sensitive information of up to 143 million Americans was exposed due to a cyberattack that went undetected.
  • Yahoo!: The email and web service provider recently revealed that in 2013, hackers may have gained unauthorized access to roughly three billion user accounts.
  • Deloitte: The accountancy firm announced that criminals had gained administration over hundreds of thousands of client and employee emails, though the exact figures have yet to be revealed.

If these companies can't fend off cyberattacks with the trove of resources at their disposal, small businesses likely won't fare any better.


Prepare your organization for the future

It's never too early to make a New Year's resolution - especially when it comes to cybersecurity. A common theme among the aforementioned data breaches is the enterprises admitted they had only recognized the intrusion months after hackers had gained access. Proactive surveillance will be key to mitigating exposure moving forward.

To achieve this, some companies are turning to unified threat management. The platform allows IT staffs to pool their resources, like firewalls and VPNs, into one program that can actively monitor the topology of the network. This gives them a real-time look at traffic, which can help them better identify abnormalities associated with intrusions. Considering some hackers target security loopholes, this can be an effective method of keeping track of less visible areas of servers.

If 2017 taught us one thing, it's that you can never be prepared enough to deal with the threat of a cyberattack. Contact a NetFortris representative today to learn more.