Every month is Cybersecurity Awareness Month here at Canon Capital Technologies, but October is when the industry works to highlight ways to stay ahead of current threats and keep your data secure.
While films and television shows may glamorize hackers with advanced skills and flashy attacks, the reality is far less dramatic. Most successful cyberattacks occur due to simple schemes and vulnerabilities that are exploited by malicious actors.
Las Vegas recently experienced a significant disruption when MGM’s network fell victim to a breach. The consequences were widespread with immediate impact: restaurants couldn’t order food, slot machines were rendered unavailable, and an alarming amount of personal information was stolen. It’s essential to note that this breach wasn’t orchestrated like an “Oceans 11” style heist. Instead, it was a voice actor who impersonated an employee, successfully fooling a genuine MGM employee into granting them system access. Shockingly, this was all it took to cost MGM an estimated $2 billion in market capitalization.
This incident, along with numerous other high-profile cyberattacks, serves as a stark reminder of the need for consistent cybersecurity training in all businesses. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics, and as demonstrated in the MGM case, they often exploit human weaknesses within an organization’s security infrastructure.
We understand the gravity of the cybersecurity landscape and are committed to helping businesses protect themselves. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, take proactive steps to safeguard your business. Contact us today to learn how we can help. Call 267.381.2025 or reach us online.