It’s good to have a health tracking wearables stalking your heart-rate or fitness but what happens if your most sensitive health data falls into the wrong hands. Will you be happy if your most horrid selfie ends up in the dark side of internet or your money has been stolen from your account naively? Surely, I will not be pleased with any of this. It is an uttermost shock to know how much damage it can do for an individual, now think how much ruin it will cost to an organization. The top global firms are suffering badly from the data breaches occurring year by year and the victim’s list is getting fatter and fatter.

According to Verizon, there are nearly 79,790 security incidents happened the last year and the most affected industries are Public, Information, and Financial Services.

I never thought the artificial intelligence in Iron Man would become a reality in life. Now can you imagine how risky it will become if you combine the big data with IoT (Internet of Things). What if someone hacks into your IoT enabled car and makes it to turn off the engine in the fastest Texas State Highway 130 or what if, they could control your room temperature in your smart house?

I could go on and on for the whole day telling about the security incidents happened to some big shots. But let’s cut to the chase and talk about few global firms which you thought will have the impenetrable security measures.

Incident 1:
Victim: Apple Inc.
Apple’s App Store infected with XcodeGhost malware in China. The hackers created a counterfeit version of Apple’s software for building iOS apps, which they persuaded developers to download.

Incident 2:
Victim: Kaspersky Lab
The compromise included information on the company’s newest technologies, such as Kaspersky’s Secure Operating System, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, Kaspersky Security Network and Anti-APT solutions and services.

Incident 3:
Victim: Ashley Madison
In July 2015, a group calling itself “The Impact Team” stole the user data of Ashley Madison, a commercial website billed as enabling extramarital affairs. The group threatened to release users’ names and personally identifying information if Ashley Madison was not immediately shut down.

Incident 4:
Victim: Army National Guard
The breach possibly exposed the Social Security numbers, home addresses and other personal information of approximately 850,000 current and former National Guard members, dating back to 2004.

Incident 5:
Victim: Anthem Inc.
The company revealed a breach in February that exposed an astonishing 80 million patient and employee records. Anthem said the breach occurred over several weeks, beginning in December 2014, and could have exposed names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, health-care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, income data and more.

Incident 6:
Victim: Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack was a release of confidential data belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment on November 24, 2014. The data included personal information about Sony Pictures employees, e-mails between employees, information about executive salaries at the company, copies of unreleased Sony films.

These are just a slight preview of what’s actually happening in the industries. Some of the top tier companies are the most wounded puppies. Even though they have an iron fist security systems, they had security breaches and the issue is they couldn’t recognize it for few weeks.

Do you know how often cybersecurity issues are discussed during company board meeting? If you want to know the shocking stat please go ahead and peek into it.

It’s good to have a health tracking wearables stalking your heart-rate or fitness but what happens if your most sensitive health data falls into the wrong hands. Will you be happy if your most horrid selfie ends up in the dark side of internet or your money has been stolen from your account naively? Surely, I will not be pleased with any of this. It is an uttermost shock to know how much damage it can do for an individual, now think how much ruin it will cost to an organization. The top global firms are suffering badly from the data breaches occurring year by year and the victim’s list is getting fatter and fatter.

According to Verizon, there are nearly 79,790 security incidents happened the last year and the most affected industries are Public, Information, and Financial Services.

I never thought the artificial intelligence in Iron Man would become a reality in life. Now can you imagine how risky it will become if you combine the big data with IoT (Internet of Things). What if someone hacks into your IoT enabled car and makes it to turn off the engine in the fastest Texas State Highway 130 or what if, they could control your room temperature in your smart house?

I could go on and on for the whole day telling about the security incidents happened to some big shots. But let’s cut to the chase and talk about few global firms which you thought will have the impenetrable security measures.

Incident 1:
Victim: Apple Inc.
Apple’s App Store infected with XcodeGhost malware in China. The hackers created a counterfeit version of Apple’s software for building iOS apps, which they persuaded developers to download.

Incident 2:
Victim: Kaspersky Lab
The compromise included information on the company’s newest technologies, such as Kaspersky’s Secure Operating System, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, Kaspersky Security Network and Anti-APT solutions and services.

Incident 3:
Victim: Ashley Madison
In July 2015, a group calling itself “The Impact Team” stole the user data of Ashley Madison, a commercial website billed as enabling extramarital affairs. The group threatened to release users’ names and personally identifying information if Ashley Madison was not immediately shut down.

Incident 4:
Victim: Army National Guard
The breach possibly exposed the Social Security numbers, home addresses and other personal information of approximately 850,000 current and former National Guard members, dating back to 2004.

Incident 5:
Victim: Anthem Inc.
The company revealed a breach in February that exposed an astonishing 80 million patient and employee records. Anthem said the breach occurred over several weeks, beginning in December 2014, and could have exposed names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, health-care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, income data and more.

Incident 6:
Victim: Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack was a release of confidential data belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment on November 24, 2014. The data included personal information about Sony Pictures employees, e-mails between employees, information about executive salaries at the company, copies of unreleased Sony films.

These are just a slight preview of what’s actually happening in the industries. Some of the top tier companies are the most wounded puppies. Even though they have an iron fist security systems, they had security breaches and the issue is they couldn’t recognize it for few weeks.

Do you know how often cybersecurity issues are discussed during company board meeting? If you want to know the shocking stat please go ahead and peek into it.


Date Published: January 7, 2016


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