Monday, October 9, 2017

Deloitte - One of the World's Four Largest Accounting Firms - Confirms Hack

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As a techie, a technology editor, and The Technology Evangelist, you’ve had to have figured out by know that not only do I *LOVE* technology, but that I pretty much immerse myself in it 24/7/365.  Technology is something that we’ve all become dependent on in one way or another.  Some of you are like me and depend on it for almost everything, while others may simply enjoy their smartphone.  Either way, technology provides gifts that keep on giving the whole year ‘round.
 
Unfortunately as technology has spread into  all the nooks & crannies of our lives, something else has come along with it.  That would be our dependence on security to protect our dependence on technology.  I think it is a sad (but unfortunately expected) aspect of human nature that anytime something good comes along, someone with dishonest motives has to come along and ruin it for the rest of us.  
 
As regular readers of the blog and Followers of my Twitter Stream know, I’ve become much more focused on security as of late.  The reason for that is simple, security has become a much bigger issue  in technology for the general user.  It used to be that hacking, data theft, compromised data servers, and/or Ransomware were the concern of corporate IT departments.  However, over the last 2-3 years, there has been an explosion of these types of breaches for both small companies and private individuals.  Because of that simple change in the demographics of who is affected, I’ve felt compelled to try and keep readers that fall into those categories better informed on the risks they might face and perhaps ways to combat them when I discover them.
 
One of the biggest problems we face as small businesses is we just do not have the resources of large corporations.  Let’s face it, I do not know one private dental office that employs an IT department.  However, it is also looking more and more like small businesses *might experience a degree of safety based solely on their size.*  What I mean by that, is why would a hacker want to steal 2000 patient records when they can steal millions from a larger target?  A couple of weeks ago, Big Four accounting from Deloitte announced they were hacked for about 6 months before the realized it and hackers may well have gained access to an incredible amount of confidential data.  Deloitte provides auditing, tax consultancy and high-end cybersecurity advice to some of the world’s biggest banks, multinational companies, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies.

And while I think we might be more safe than big companies due to our relatively smaller number of records, we are at just as much, if not more, risk for attacks like Ransomware.  That’s because the crooks using Ransomware make their money holding you data ransom so the more databases affected, the greater the potential payoff.  In that scenario, everyone is equal and fair game.

Getting back to Deloitte, one of many services they offer clients is “high-end cybersecurity advice”.  When you think of the security experts experiencing a security hack, that in and of itself is frightening.

We are living in interesting times and the best way to keep these corrupt gangs out of your data is to implement and execute a tight security plan.  While no plan is perfect, having one will put you miles ahead of those who don’t have one.

If you’d like to read more about the Deloitte situation, The Guardian has put together a very thorough article with lots of investigative details.  
 

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