Protect Your Small Business Against Cyber Attacks

Biggest Breaches

Biggest Breaches
The annals of assault on business network


Data aggregator ChoicePoint suffers a 163,000-record exposure that catalyzes the nation's first breach-notification laws.

Hackers expose 40 million accounts of third-party payment processor CardSystems.

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs breach compromises 28.6 million records.

Seven Technologies That Will Make Your Business Safer

1. Hosted e-mail security: Platform delivered through the cloud vs. an expensive on-site appliance.

2. Web/URL filtering: Blocks users from visiting malware-infected sites.

3. Reputation-based antivirus: Relies more on where malware comes from than on traditional signatures that flag already-known threats.

4. Patch and configuration management: Automates the updating of software to fill in security vulnerabilities that can be abused by attackers.

5. Web application vulnerability scanning: Looks through the web applications on a business site to find weaknesses through which the site can be infected.

6. Whole disk encryption: Protects lost laptops and devices from prying eyes, preventing costly data-breach notification procedures.

7. Web application firewalls: Filter out common attacks on an organization's vulnerable web applications. --E.C.
A 17-month attack on retail store operator TJX Companies affects more than 94 million records.

A Fidelity National Information Servicesemployee steals 8.5 million records.

Details of 1.6 million job seekers are stolen by identity thieves.

Hackers steal information on more than6.3 million TD Ameritrade customers.

4.2 million credit records are stolen from Hannaford Brothers Supermarkets.

Bank of New York Mellon loses a box of backup tapes, compromising 12.5 million customer records.

A former Countrywide Financial employee is indicted for stealing 2 million customer records.

Visitors to domains of payment processor CheckFree are redirected to a data-stealing site. Five million people are exposed.

A hacker steals data of more than 130 million customers of Heartland Payment Systems.

A security vulnerability at financial services firm Lincoln National Corp. exposes more than 1.2 million customer records.

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Self-described tech geek Ericka Chickowski also writes for Consumers Digest, the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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This article was originally published in the June 2010 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Sound the Alarm.

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