Politico’s Cybersecurity Newsletter from October 10th, 2018 references a report on hacking that has two golden nuggets in it.
Out of the five industries most affected — biotechnology, accounting, real estate, marketing and construction — biotechnology was the most exposed, the report said, while the majority of the attacks were attributed to outdated vulnerabilities.
- The industries affected aren’t what you think. This isn’t banking and finance, it’s marketing and construction! Hackers target the weak.
- Website updates would have prevented the attacks. That’s right. We know you keep your computer up to date by now, but who is watching your website?
A comprised website is often the foothold used to commit fraud, either against your company or in your name. Worse for some companies: the hackers will put up content such as pornography or terrorist propaganda to ruin your reputation.
Today’s takeaway? You need to have someone watching your website security.
Further reading: The referenced report.