2015 is the big year for Internet Security. Every week that goes by, we hear about another breach, like the recent Anthem Hack.
Secretary Jeh Johnson of Homeland Security says this is just the beginning. We all need to do a better job of enforcing cybersecurity.
The Anthem Data Breach— What Happened?
Someone on the outside of Anthem gained access to their customer data—not just their current customers, but also their past customers, going back for many years.
Over 80 million records were accessed that included demographics such as Social Security numbers, date-of-birth information, addresses and more—Information that can be used to:
- Open up online bank accounts, or
- Establish Phantom Accounts with online access to your credit cards.
What Should You Do?
If you are one of Anthem’s customers who was affected by the breach, Anthem should have sent you a notice. You can also visit: Anthemfacts.com for more information.
In addition, you should always:
- Check your credit card statements (look for even the smallest charges. Thieves will often make small charges to prevent from being detected.)
- Get your free credit report, and review it for unknown charges that could have resulted from cyber theft.
- Change your passwords frequently, and use different ones for all your accounts. (Also give them to a trusted family member or friend, so they can shut down your accounts if something happens to you.)
To Protect Your Business and Prevent Data Breaches
You Must Improve Your Level Of Security.
Alvarez Technology Group, Inc. knows how to raise the level of your IT Security. Don’t wait for a cyber attack to affect your business, or harm your customers. Be vigilant and protect your confidential data. Contact us to schedule your IT Security Assessment by calling (831) 753-7677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.