On September 7th, Equifax, one of the three largest consumer credit agencies in the United States, admitted to a cyber-attack that (potentially) impacted up to 143 million customers. That is almost half of the entire United States population. This Equifax security breach is not only among the largest in US history but is also unquestionably serious in regards to crucial personal information being exposed.
Bloomberg reported that users alleged Equifax was ‘negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards that could have stopped the attack.’ (If you’re getting anxiety about your data, fortunately, you can take some action by freezing your credit).
Get Proactive About Security
What lessons can be taught from this massive hack? Many would argue that government needs to create industry-specific standards and regulations for data security. One thing’s crystal clear: The Equifax breach is yet another model case for why IT departments need to continuously invest in preventing and controlling attacks through best practices and utilizing cyber security training. Having a company-wide understanding of best practices when it comes to creating a secure organization is important in creating a responsible and proactive company culture.
At New Horizons Learning Group, we are dedicated to providing IT teams and individuals with the latest cyber security training tools that they need to protect and secure company information. While IT professional are in demand overall, the quest to find cyber security experts continues to grow. 67% of U.S. organizations say they need more knowledgeable and experienced cyber security professionals. The New Horizons Cybersecurity portfolio of courses is designed to provide security training no matter your level of experience. Ready to get started on the road to a Cyber Security career at New Horizons Learning Group?
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