Equifax Update: Breach Exposed More Than Reported

What Happened?

If you thought you had heard the last of Equifax, think again. Recent reports confirm that the company’s 2017 data breach exposed more information than initially reported. 

In September 2017, Equifax confirmed a data breach that affected 145.5 million U.S. consumers. The company initially reported that Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and addresses were exposed in the breach. 

But a document recently submitted to the U.S Senate Banking Committee tells a different tale. According to the document, additional information like taxpayer identification numbers, email addresses and driver’s license issue dates and states was also compromised.  Continue reading

Lessons Learned From Data Breaches in 2017

Same Problem, Different Landscape

Reading about data breaches on paper never does the concept justice. Hearing that data breaches in 2017 were – and continue to be – “big problems” for all types of organizations can desensitize us to the true implications of a data breach event. 

The inevitability of data breaches can leave companies feeling defeated, and the monetary losses tied to these security incidents only adds to the damages. Throw in the thought of unhappy complaints from customers or clients about protecting their sensitive information, dealing with the legal consequences and hits to your business’ public reputation – and you’ve got yourself a perfect data breach storm.

The truth is that a data breach will impact more than just the business itself. It affects customers, clients, employees and vendors too. Let’s review some of the data breaches that occurred in 2017, see what we can learn from the mistakes that were made and improve overall data breach prevention and response in the new year. Continue reading

Our Digital World: 2018 Identity Security Resolutions

Identity Security: A Holistic Approach

As we move forward into the new year, we look back on 2017 to see how fraud and identity theft have impacted us, and what we can do to start 2018 on the right foot. Fraudsters have turned to email scams, spoofed websites, fake messages and malicious software to facilitate a number of identity crimes.

Today’s world of digital identity crime requires us to look at identity security in three parts: a focus on cybersecurity, financial awareness and identity protection to effectively secure your most valued asset – your identity. Let’s look at a few 2018 Identity Security Resolutions to see how we can improve our overall identity security in the coming new year. Continue reading