The year 2020 was perhaps the most challenging ever experienced. A global pandemic devastated the economy took lives and wreaked havoc on countries around the world.
Fortunately, there is now a vaccine that is being distributed that will put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is still months away.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not the only epidemic that we’re facing.
There is also a data breach epidemic that is striking people and businesses all across the world, and the U.S. is no exception. Each day you hear about some foreign country hacking into our most secure governmental agencies, from the Pentagon to Intelligence Agencies to the State Department. One of the leading cybersecurity firms in the nation, FireEye, was recently hacked, and the cyber criminals stole valuable computer tools that will enable these crooks to continue their hacking at will.
Sadly, for some people, it isn’t only the government agencies that are the targets of cyber criminals. The year started with a breach of Microsoft, with 250 million customer records hacked. The epidemic continued month after month, with notable companies like Facebook, Instagram, Barnes & Noble, MGM, unprotected Google Cloud accounts, and many others being hacked, totaling billions of stolen information records, including names, email addresses, IP addresses, and additional data. Plus, it’s very costly to companies that are hacked. One estimate puts a price tag of almost $4Million on each occurrence.
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