Cyber Security – Part 1: Attacks and Data Breaches
Data breaches and cyberattacks are becoming almost ubiquitous in today’s high-speed and connected world. Remember the hack of the Democratic National Committee? Or perhaps you have a Yahoo email address that was compromised. These are just two of the high profile attacks in 2016 that drove headlines. The reality is that we are under attack every day.
Recent studies at the Pew Research Center indicate that the majority of Americans feel they have had their privacy invaded and many more say that have had their identity compromised in one form or another.
The center also publishes a series of studies on the state of online security.
Among the key findings:
Data security has become a painfully personal issue for most Americans – the majority of the public has experienced a data breach in one or more of their accounts. Specifically,
- 41% of people surveyed have experienced fraudulent charges on the personal credit or debit cards.
- 35% have been notified that some portion of their personal information had been accessed in an cyber attack.
- 16% reported their email address had been compromised, and 13% said their social media accounts had been hacked.
- 15% of the people said their Social Security number had been stolen.
- 14% say that attackers have taken out lines of credit or loans using their personal information.
- 6% have experienced tax fraud, whereby someone has filed fraudulent returns in their name and stolen a tax refund check.
But it doesn’t stop there… Fully 49% of those surveyed felt their personal information is less secure than it was just 5 years ago. Conversely, 18% felt their information had become more secure recently, will roughly a third reported they felt as safe as they did 5 years ago.