Cybercrime: The Facts and Fixes

Posted by Stefanie Kober Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:36:00 GMT


Last Wednesday, Anthem Inc., the second largest U.S. health insurer, released news of a cyberattack on their database comprised of roughly 80 million records. The attack compromised the information of tens of millions of current and former customers and Anthem employees. FBI investigation is ongoing, and potential connections to China have been disclosed.

Cybercrime in numbers

While the numbers involved in the Anthem attack are shocking, they alone do not fully illustrate the severity and prevalence of cybercrime worldwide.  According to Symantec, almost 400 million people fall victim to cybercrime annually. One in 500 websites are infected with malicious software, colloquially known as malware, and 61% of these instances involve legitimate sites that have simply and stealthily been infiltrated by online criminals. There are more than one million cybercrime victims daily and the average daily cost of cybercrime per victim is €220, which equates to roughly $250.

Who is at risk?

According to the 2013 Norton Cybercrime Report, men are more at risk for falling victim to cybercrime than women. Parents of children ages 8-17 are also more at risk. However, anyone who uses a mobile device, social network or unsecured public Wi-Fi network is at risk. Cyberattackers are unpredictable. Small and large companies share equal risk for suffering cyberattacks. Regardless of the size, nature or legitimacy of the website, everyone is a target.

What can you do?

Regarding cyber security, a little bit of common sense goes a long way. Always delete suspicious emails and avoid clicking on suspicious links. Make sure your systems are operating with the latest antivirus security software, as well as the latest general software. Avoid accessing sites that require sensitive personal information while using public Wi-Fi networks. Employees should always access sensitive corporate information via a VPN that fulfills the highest security and compliance requirements.

HOB offers secure remote access solutions that can guarantee highly secure connections. SSL as well as IPsec VPN solutions are part of our product portfolio. Due to strong encryption algorithms and modern authentication methods, HOB can ensure that your data is always safe.

Don’t find yourself among these startling statistics. Take the necessary steps to protect your information, identity and reputation from the negative effects of cybercrime. Visit our website and protect yourself with safe IT Security solutions “Made in Germany”.

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