We’re all familiar with the year-end list—Best Albums of the Year, Top 10 Novels, etc. There’s one list no company or government agency wants to see themselves on: the Top 10 Data Breaches of 2015.
This year T-Mobile, VTech, OPM (yours truly received a nice note from them explaining the breach and offering to monitor my credit…) and a handful of health insurers all made the list, and consequently so did their customers. Millions of private citizens thought their data was secure, but they were mistaken. It’s going to take a lot of mea culpas to regain those customers’ trust (and business) back.
What is particularly puzzling to security experts is why these companies aren’t making more of an effort to avoid these preventable breaches. A security budget should not be an afterthought. Even SMBs, whose owners often have to wear many hats including that of IT director, need to understand the importance of protecting valuable customer data. The cost of a crippling breach is almost always more expensive than the technology tools and expertise needed to secure that data in the first place.
Companies that you likely won’t see on the list of devastating data breaches are ones that make 24/7 security a priority—putting cybersecurity on the same level of importance as revenue and growth. There are a host of sophisticated tools available out there to meet the needs of companies of all sizes. Services like our MAP/SCS Assessment that evaluate your current mainframe security implementation level and products like our Mainframe Event Acquisition System™ (MEAS™), which offers mainframe clients the ability to collect, store, report and take action against the event data through integration with SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) and log management technologies.
Contact InfoSec today to find out how our team of experienced security consultants can help you choose the right product and service to protect your business. With help from our experts, you can avoid ending up on the 2016 list of worst data breaches.
Until next time…