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April 05, 2016

Don't Be a Turkey: Organize and Protect Your Data Now

Right now all eyes are on Turkey, where this week hackers successfully breached a massive residency database and exposed the personally identifiable information (PII) of more than 49 million Turkish citizens.

The database includes citizens’ national identification numbers, first and last names, parents’ names, gender, birth dates and locations as well as full addresses and city and district registration numbers.

The attack was one of the largest—if not the largest—PII hacks of all time, as it’s more than twice as large as last year’s data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which exposed the PII of about 21.5 million people.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Here’s our take on the matter:

It’s very easy to brush over a story like this, for a few reasons: The data breach occurred on the other side of the planet, and it comes across as just another story about an organization that was hacked. Most of us have become desensitized to data breaches and, therefore, fail to consider the implications of such an event.

This, however, was no ordinary hack.

An almost unfathomable number of citizens fell victim to this data breach, and there is no telling what could happen next. So this story is worth paying attention to, as it’s indicative of the current state of the massively unpredictable global cybersecurity landscape, where large-scale attacks can happen at any time. Absolutely nothing—no person or entity—is off-limits in the war for private data.

Consider this, too: This week the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a frightening new report which claims that the Pentagon does not “clearly define its roles and responsibilities for cyber incidents” and “cannot reasonably ensure” that it can effectively support civil agencies in the event of a cyberattack.

In other words, there is still an alarming amount of confusion and disorganization surrounding cybersecurity, extending to the highest ranks of the U.S. government.

With this in mind, it’s time to take action. Circle your wagons and invest in a privately  managed network security provider such as New York City’s Apex Technology Services to monitor your network and secure your digital assets. You’ll gain access to premium hosted infrastructure, as well as a team of experts who can minimize risk and help guide your organization’s digital security plan.

With the help of Apex Technology Services, you will be free to focus on growing your business instead of protecting your organization. You’ll also gain peace of mind knowing that all of your information—meaning that of your customers, employees and business partners—is in good hands.

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