The world has moved almost entirely to a digital platform and the business world is no exception. Valuable information is being housed and transmitted via the internet and mobile devices with no guarantee that intellectual property and customer data is secure.
Every organization is a target–regardless of its size or security posture. According to a 2014 Dell report, 87% of respondent organizations have reported a security breach, 73% in the last twelve months. In addition, the average cost of a compromised record is $230 resulting in a significant financial risk for businesses of all sizes. Costs of response are also rising 15% per year, and smaller organizations incur significantly higher proportional costs than larger organizations. Studies have shown that 23% of recipients open phishing messages and 11% open the attachments.
Regardless of company size, the risk of a security breach can result in lost time and productivity. Business disruption costs equal 38% of the total recovery cost. A typical breach can take over nine months to be detected.
Recent large scale breaches have occurred not as the result of technology failure, but rather, via human failure. Currently, 80% of security spending is for perimeter security which is only effective for 30% of the risk. This would suggest that there is a strategic gap between security risks and security solutions.
At UHY, we view cyber security as a strategic issue, not a tactical issue. Our team of experts will guide you through the ever-changing challenges of cyber security with proactive advice and insight, and the objective of keeping your company’s digital property secure. Our service offerings are focused on ensuring that your cyber security program covers all three critical elements; People, Process, and Technology.
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Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That’s the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.
The Better Business Bureau has learned that scammers are now targeting small business owners with phishing emails using QuickBooks software as bait. Emails are being sent with the subject line "QuickBooks Support: Change Request". The message is "confirming" that the business name was changed with Intuit, QuickBooks' manufacturer, even though no such request was made.
IRS warns a damaging W-2 phishing email scam is spreading aggressively beyond corporate America.
Two weeks ago the IRS issued a warning about a W-2 phishing email scam. Less than a week later the IRS issued an urgent alert stressing the scam is spreading aggressively beyond corporate America and into schools, hospitals, nonprofits, middle market companies, etc.