Data Breaches


5 Steps to Prevent PII Data Breaches

When it was revealed in September 2017, the massive Equifax data breach made international headlines. As one of the three major credit agencies in the United States, Equifax is responsible for processing personally identifiable information (PII) such as individuals’ names, addresses, and social security numbers. According to Equifax, 143 million people were affected by the data breach, making it one of the biggest cybersecurity disasters in history.


Red Canary says 43% Lack Readiness to Notify Customers of a Security Breach

The phrase ‘stakeholder management” assumes that stakeholders are truly informed by alerts. However, managers can only send communications out, they cannot force people to address them. To ensure your stakeholders are engaged during an incident, it is vital to set up a defined communication process. Yet, a recent Red Canary report1 found that 43% of surveyed participants lack readiness to notify the public and/or its customers in the event of a security breach.


Get Used to Hearing About Cybersecurity Concerns

Just a few weeks ago, President Biden and the White House put out an executive order on improving cybersecurity resilience after the country’s public and private sectors continue to be plagued by cyber attacks. Not long after this, Microsoft confirmed that the culprits behind the recent SolarWinds hack are at it again, striking more than 150 government agencies and organizations across the globe.


Thoughts on the Codecov breach

It was revealed just a few days ago that US Federal investigators are looking into an intrusion and insertion of malicious code into Codecov. As many readers here will already know, Codecov is a software auditing tool that analyses your source code to check for the amount of test coverage. The intrusion targeted the Codecov bash uploader, which is a script that provides a way to send coverage reports to Codecov.


The Facebook data breach that affects over 533 million users explained

If you’re a Facebook user, brace yourself for this one. It’s recently come to light that 533 million Facebook users’ details were found on a very suspicious hacker forum. The details found include users’ phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdays, and email addresses – all typical information that is stored on a Facebook account.


The Complete Guide to Data Breach Insurance

It’s been noted that there are two types of organizations – those that have suffered a data breach, and those that will fall victim to a data breach sooner than later (most likely sooner). The hard truth of this statement is reflected in the fact that according to some sources 97% of networks will experience a security compromise over any given six-month period. And with a staggering 9.7 billion data records having been breached since 2013, these numbers are only rising.

Understanding JusPay Data Breach

Juspay, an Indian payment service provider, which processes transactions for giants like Amazon, MakeMyTrip, Airtel, Flipkart, Uber and Swiggy suffered from a data breach resulting in 3.5 crore records of customer data being compromised. The data dump contains sensitive information including the card’s merchant brand, expiry date, the first six and last four digits, user name, email IDs and phone numbers. This data can be put together and used for phishing scams.

How to Prevent and Respond to Data Breaches

Cybercriminals are currently enjoying a golden age. The sudden shift to remote working, combined with the digitization of everyday life, means endless opportunities to compromise systems and access sensitive data. If you don't want your organization to be their next victim, you must have to know how to prevent data breaches.


5 Common Elasticsearch Mistakes That Lead to Data Breaches

Avon and Family Tree aren’t companies you would normally associate with cybersecurity, but this year, all three were on the wrong side of it when they suffered massive data breaches. At Avon 19 million records were leaked, and Family Tree had 25GB of data compromised. What do they have in common? All of them were using Elasticsearch databases. These are just the latest in a string of high profile breaches that have made Elasticsearch notorious in cybersecurity.


Life of PII for Apache Kafka

Several years ago when I was working on a big data project, I saw something a data engineer shouldn’t see. Curious to understand the level of detail in a new credit score dataset we’d received in our data lake, I queried it. I was surprised at how easily and suddenly my screen was flooded with the mortgage history, overdraft limits and year-end financial statements of my colleagues, and I felt deeply uneasy.