Often organizations don’t realize that they need to be prepared for cyberattacks until it’s too late. In a world that is continuing to go digital the types and amount of cyberattacks is continuing to grow.
For our clients here at SupportMyMac, we use SonicWall firewalls. SonicWall reported that their firewalls detected 432.2 million malware attacks in 2018. In Canada, this number is up 103% from the previous year.
One of the most important things to realize is that an organization of any size can be impacted. Naturally, we hear more about attacks that are targeted towards larger organizations. One of the first concerns that normally comes up is client information. When personal data is exposed it impacts the organization’s image to the public. Lets take a look at a few organizations that operate across Canada which you’ll be sure to recognize.
- Nissan Canada Finance: On December 21st, 2017 Nissan Canada Finance reported that people who financed their vehicle purchase through them could’ve had parts of their personal information exposed. They were contacting 1.13 million people at the time.
- Uber: In 2016, many Canadian users of Uber had their names, emails and phone numbers hacked.
- Bell Canada: In 2017, 1.9 million Bell customers had their emails exposed and 1700 people had their names and phone numbers exposed.
Next, lets take a look at the City of Ottawa. Although they operate out of one city you can imagine the data and files that they store. The city takes great efforts to make sure that they are protected from any type of cyberattack. They have to because in 2018 there were 4000 attempts to compromise data from workstations and laptops. Even with time and money spent to implement preventative measures the organization has still faced their fair share of problems. In November 2014, a hacker redirected the City of Ottawa website to a black and white screen with a dancing banana gif saying “we can destroy everything, this is a flex of our power. Please test us.” As a result, the website was down for 24 hours.
By now, if you are apart of a larger organization you can see the threat of cyberattacks and why preventative measures must be in-place. The next question is how are smaller and medium sized organizations impacted.
As you can see organizations of any size can be affected by cyberattacks. There are a variety of tactics that can be implemented to help keep your files and data secure. Be sure to check out our recent blog post with some Tips & Tricks for Cybersecurity in for Small Businesses.
At SupportMyMac we work with a variety of security solutions including SonicWALL, BackgroundBackup for data protection and our in-house managed security solution Bitdefender.
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