Azcomp Technologies July 2018

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JULY 2018

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DON’T END UP LIKE EQUIFAX Safeguard Your Network Before It’s Too Late

The bigger the hack, the bigger the news it becomes, and it’s hard to think of a larger-scale data breach than the one that happened to Equifax last year. When hackers discovered a vulnerability in Apache Struts, a tool used to develop web applications (including Equifax’s), they were able to compromise the personal data of 146 million Americans. Since then, Equifax has been in free fall. Between dealing with a PR catastrophe and watching their stock price tumble, you can bet the credit reporting agency wishes their network had been a little more secured. To make this story even crazier, the hack was entirely preventable. You’d think that when the livelihood of your company depends on keeping people’s information out of the wrong hands, you’d do everything in your power to make sure your defenses are as strong as possible. But that’s not what Equifax did. When pressured by government officials and journalists to explain what had happened, Equifax higher-ups admitted that the breach was caused by a failure to update Apache Struts with the latest security patch. That’s right — a simple update would’ve saved Equifax millions upon millions of dollars as well as months of being dragged through the mud in every publication in the country. And it wasn’t like Equifax was hacked the day after the patch was released. They had plenty of time to lock down their system. Sadly, like far too many business owners, they held off on keeping their system up-to-date. Pretty mind-blowing, right? And yet despite this massive, headline- garnering attack, I promise you it won’t be the last time a massive corporation ends up with egg on their face. It happened to Target, Yahoo, and Sony, and it can happen to your business too. A lot of small-business owners assume that their business will never draw the attention of hackers, but statistics show otherwise. According to the 2017 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report, about half of all American

businesses suffered some form of data breach in the past year. At some point, the hackers will come for you.

Luckily, there are plenty of tools at your disposal to help deter hackers looking to exploit your network. Opting for budget break-fix IT services won’t cut it. You need somebody watching your network around the clock — somebody who knows the intricacies of your system and can spot any nefarious behavior before it becomes a full-blown disaster. Managed IT services, like those we provide our customers, are crucial to maintaining the health and stability of your network. You should also take the time to train your staff on the steps they must take to keep your business network safe. Coach them on creating strong passwords, avoiding possible phishing scams, and other crucial techniques that will deny hackers easy opportunities to compromise the data of your company and your customers. We can help with this education as well. These precautions are far too important to leave up to chance. The sad truth is that most victims of serious data breaches don’t end up sitting before Congress or on the front page of The New York Times. Instead, they’re simply forced to apologize to their customers, close their doors, and move on. Every year, businesses go under as the result of an attack that could’ve been prevented. You’ve worked too hard to let that happen to you. Don’t end up as a statistic. Be vigilant, proactive, and work with companies like AZCOMP Technologies that will keep your network happy and healthy for years to come. Be sure to give us a call to discuss how we can keep your network healthy and the bad guys away. –Benson Bashford

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