Data Breach Attacks Are on the Rise in 2022

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Data Breach Attacks Are on the Rise in 2022

At RESTECH we are always watching our client’s data in live, real-time, however, we also watch the trends to ensure that we are prepared for the next wave of cyber-attacks for our clients.  We often talk about the importance of two-factor authentication for our clients relating to accessing corporate systems and it seems like this year we are in for a continued trend of more attacks.

A Disturbing Trend

To that end, for the third straight year, data breaches are up 14% in 2022 compared to the first quarter of 2021 as reported by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). What this means is that the world is in for a large uptick in data breaches should this trend continue.  Since we are already well into the year and past the first quarter, additional attacks are likely going on right now.

Attacks on individuals are where a hacker starts because they know that the big money is using the information to get into the person’s employer where they can go for the big bucks and hold companies’ hostage for large ransoms or use the information to back into the system and collect data on more employees and go after their individual data and financials.

We know that the typical approach is that hackers send a link masking as a company with information to “click here” to log in.  Once you do, you enter your credentials and passwords and that’s when they likely have you as the majority of people use the same credentials across the board.

What Can I Do To Protect My Data – Threat Level Midnight

As a basic preventative measure individuals should use long, unique passwords with multiple characters in uppercase and lowercase and turn on 2-factor authentication for every account regardless of its significance in your opinion.  Even a Netflix login can unearth big things to a hacker.  By using the methods described above a hacker may get some of your information, but it may well be at a lesser threat level as they will not be able to get in unless they have the means of accessing a second authentication.  Two-factor will also let you know that someone is trying to access your account, allowing you to know that something is going on with one of your accounts and that prompt should trigger you to change your passwords across the board.

For more information on the statistics regarding the first quarter of 2022 Data Breach information, please visit the link below.

https://www.idtheftcenter.org/publication/q1-2022-data-breach-analysis/

The ITRC is a non-profit organization established to empower and guide consumers, victims, businesses and the government to minimize risk and mitigate the impact of identity compromise and crime.

June 13, 2022 | | 0 Comments

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