Cybersecurity Measures That Could Have Stopped The Exposure of Four Billion Users’ Records

Image by Katie White from Pixabay In the face of the multiple waves of cyberattacks that governments, corporations, and individuals suffer almost on a daily basis, it’s very annoying to note that any form of information can still be left unguarded and unsecured despite all the cybersecurity measures that are readily available. That is why the news that personal data relating to 1.2 billion people, including email addresses, phone numbers, and LinkedIn and Facebook profile information, has been leaked online via an open and unsecured Elasticsearch server came as a shock. The said data was uncovered on 16 October 2019 by researchers Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia of threat intelligence platform Data Viper. Diachenko and Troia were able to access and download the data via a web browser without having to use an ordinary password or any other form of authentication. According to the researchers, the first dataset was discovered to contain, among other things, data on 1.5 billion unique individuals, a billion personal email addresses including work emails for millions of decision-makers in Canada, the UK, and the US, 420 million LinkedIn URLs, a billion Facebook URLs and IDs, over 400 million phone numbers and 200 million valid US mobile phone numbers.…

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Two Amazing Things That Will Surely Give Your Business The Competitive Advantage in 2018

The lifeline of any business is leveraging on its competitive advantage and as the year 2017 is gradually winding up, expectedly, some businesses would have taken stock, while others will be gearing towards it. The essence is to do a comprehensive assessment of how resources revolving around human, financial, and all other logistics necessary for running a profitable and seamless business were properly or underutilized. At the end of the stocktaking, you will undoubtedly strategize or re-strategize depending on which one is applicable to your line of business, focusing all the while on your ROI. You must have gone through the analytics from the auditors and if you are one for drinking the Kool-Aid which should be expected since you must have put your best brains in that sector, you will also be effectively closing the loop. Whatever shortcomings you may discover should be regarded as water under the bridge since you can’t go back. You will rather be leveraging on that to enhance a smooth sailing and a secured competitive advantage for 2018. To make 2018 a robust year for your business, you must start very early to unpack your secret sauce which bothers on the following two amazing…

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