‘Tis the season to be jolly! We wanted to share the 5 best seasonal posts about security to help everyone stay safe because this is, unfortunately, also the season where Cyber criminals take advantage of unsuspecting people. So let’s make data protection a priority, and end this year on a high note.
Today is Black Friday. Many retail stores in North American have customers lining up outside for hours to get the best deals. In 2015, 74.2 million people shopped on this day for your great deals! And around 30% of annual retail sales happen during the Black Friday through Boxing Day season, according to the National Retail Federation. With all this excitement of dropping prices and advertising to invite consumers to your stores, you are also potentially inviting cyber criminals that have been waiting for an opportunity to get information on your consumer data.
Whether you’re ready to admit it or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us. Take a minute and ask yourself: what kind of shopper am I? Do you tend to finish your gift-giving excursions back in August, or will you be spending the night before your holiday scrounging for last minute ideas? Regardless of which bucket you fall into, there are two upcoming days dedicated solely to shoppers of all kinds: Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
There have been many major retail data breaches in the past few months: Target, Home Depot etc. Those may have come and gone, but the risk has not. Once your information has been stolen, you do not get it back. According to John McCollough president of the Financial Crime Services, cyber criminals will hang on to your information, circling back months to years later, so you are constantly at risk.