Spoiler warning – they have all experienced cyber attacks in recent years.
British Airways and Marriott International are the latest organisations to have made unwanted headlines this week with a total of almost £300 million in fines handed out to the pair by the ICO.
It prompted us to think back to some of the other big security breaches that have occurred in recent years, and to again question how prepared the majority of businesses really are for cyber attacks.
This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, but it’s some of the big names that either affected UK firms or UK consumers (or both).
20,000 customer details breached, and hackers attempted to blackmail the pharmacy chain.
Personal data from 145 million people stolen from the credit reference company.
Every single one of Yahoo’s 3 billion accounts worldwide was hacked in 2013 (and details emerged in 2017).
The famous global ransomware attack affected more than 150 countries and 300,000 devices, targeting companies running outdated Windows software.
In 2016 hackers stole the data of 57 million Uber customers, and the company paid them $100,000 to cover it up. The breach wasn’t made public until the following year.
Over 160 million accounts were compromised, and the leak was found to have been occurring for 4 years up to 2016.
145 million members’ personal details stolen in 2014. eBay’s response caused almost as much concern as the hack itself.
You can read more of the hacks in this excellent article from the BCS.
Secure your business
While these are all household names and therefore make the headlines, don’t be lulled into thinking that small and medium sized business aren’t also at risk.
Email is the leading source of modern cyber-threats which makes selecting the right enterprise email security is critical to your business success – this is vital even if you’re using Microsoft Office 365 as we discuss here.
Don’t miss what Forrester Research is saying about enterprise email security – Barracuda has been named a leader in the recent Forrester Wave Enterprise Email Security report.
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