North Carolina Experiences Huge Jump in Data Breach in 2017

By | 2018-02-19T08:20:14+00:00 February 6th, 2018|BITS News|

To say that 2017 was a bad year for cyber security is an understatement. Security breaches were national news this year, with vulnerabilities at Equifax and Uber leading the evening news. And North Carolina businesses were not immune to the problem.

In North Carolina, the Theft Protection Act of 2005 requires that businesses report any known data breach to the Attorney General’s office through this form. Hopefully, you won’t have to use it. However, the state received 1,022 of these reports in 2017. That’s a 3,500% jump in reports from the time of the law’s inception.

According to Attorney General Josh Stein, over half of the breaches are caused by hackers. 47 states are in the process of seeking legal remedy from Equifax, North Carolina among them. They’re suing Uber, too.

Raleigh is Getting Tough with Data Breach

If this is a sign that Raleigh is getting aggressive with its enforcement of information protection (not at all a bad thing), then there are now two extremely good reasons to audit your current network security NOW. Firstly, your business depends on the trust your customers have in you to keep their information secure. Secondly, if you drop the ball, someone from Raleigh is willing and able to run with it – all the way to the courthouse.

Stein strongly suggested that business owners have their network systems analyzed by a reputable IT consultant to identify possible vulnerabilities. With the sky-rocketing rate of data breaches in North Carolina, it’s simply good business to get out ahead of any possible issues.

Do you have any questions about your business and your cyber security? Is there anything you’d like to share about cyber security with other North Carolina businesses? Comment below or feel free to drop me a line regarding your concerns. At Beacon, we have an experienced, expert team of IT consultants ready and able to help you identify any vulnerabilities before they become major headaches.

About the Author:

Kevin Lackey
Kevin joined Beacon as an Account Executive in August 2016. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. in Business Administration. Kevin has 15 years of sales experience, most recently as a Strategic Education Account Manager at Best Buy for Business.