What is your first reaction after reading this BBC News headline: "Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed"?
Do you feel shock, or something closer to "Ho-hum, another data breach"? It’s perfectly understandable if it’s the latter. After all, we’ve seen an unprecedented number of organizations worldwide suffer breaches as cyber thieves grow more sophisticated, and frequent, with their attacks. As a result, I fear organizations are growing numb to just how serious the threat is to their most important business asset: their information.
We recently wrote about the alarming rise in the number of healthcare industry data breaches. Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that it appears this increase does not signal a reduction in attacks against the financial services sector, which has long been the primary target for cyber thieves.
Cyber security professional used to be the sentinels, guarding the organization from adversaries. Their top priority was preventing untrusted outsiders from gaining access to the organization’s network and systems, and information on them.
The WannaCry ransomware attack effectively shut down Britain’s public health system, forcing the cancellation of appointments and surgeries at 16 hospitals. However, while the WannaCry attack has been devastating, it didn’t target only healthcare organizations, and there is no evidence that patient data was stolen.