Big-Name Companies Have Recently Suffered From Major Data Breaches. Here's What To Know

While it is always important to take preventive measures to ensure that your employees are being proactive in protecting their personal and business related information, it is not only small businesses that are affected by cyber-attacks. Major corporations across the globe are constantly needing to step up their security measures to protect their customer’s information.

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Loews Hotels, Trump Hotels, and a few other big name chains have all suffered from a recent data breach. Hackers were able to access their reservation systems to obtain sensitive payment information including cardholder name, payment card number, card expiration date, and possibly security codes. They were also able to retrieve guest names, emails, phone numbers, and even some addresses. It is unclear just how many customers have been affected by this breach, as these hackers went undetected for over 7 months.

IMAGE SOURCE: THE GOLF REPUBLIC

IMAGE SOURCE: THE GOLF REPUBLIC

Another major corporation to be affected by a data breach is the popular B&B Theatres. They were alerted of a potential credit card breach by a bank partner and, although they determined that customer data was not at risk, the breach shows just how easily customer data can be accessed. Verizon is also another household name that where customers were exposed to a data breach. An unknown number of names, addresses, account information, and PIN numbers - the four-digit billing password protecting your account – were all compromised. The company claims no loss or theft of customer information occurred, but up to 14 million customers may have been involved in this leak. These PIN codes are perhaps the most concerning part of the leak, as they can allow hackers to access your Verizon account and thereby access countless more pieces information about you from your phone.

IMAGE SOURCE: DIGITAL TRENDS

IMAGE SOURCE: DIGITAL TRENDS

While anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of this breach should immediately change their account PIN numbers, it is also a great reminder of the importance of password management. Limiting your use of text message based two-factor authentication systems will also help to minimize future risks such as this. Of course, if you don’t already have a PIN on your wireless account, it’s a great idea to add one. Just be sure to change it once a year or so and not to reuse any PINs or passwords.

Although caution and personal judgement are great tools to strengthen cyber security, see how the experts at FORTR3SS can provide further security for your business information. Contact us today!