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The Equifax Breach: How to Take a Proactive Approach for the Next Major Cyber Event

By   Anders Erickson

September 14, 2017

The recent data security breach of credit monitoring service Equifax shows how immense and devastating a cyber attack can be. The breach exposed personal and credit card information for as many as 143 million people and will have long-lasting effects.

As these events become more common, how can you be proactive in protecting your organization—and yourself—from becoming a victim? Here are some steps.

For Organizations
Prioritize the development of a culture where cyber security is seen as an element critical to success. Leadership should be promoting strong cyber security practices and ensure that activities like the following are addressed on an ongoing basis:

  • Security awareness training
  • Vendor management
  • Event detection and response
  • Incident and contingency planning

Not sure where to begin? An assessment of your cyber security measures can help outline recommendations and priority projects to direct your efforts.

For Individuals
You must remain vigilant in monitoring and protecting your identity. This Consumer Reports article provides details on how to monitor for fraud and take action should you see that something has taken place. 

More Information
You can dive deeper into cyber security with the following articles on our website.

If you have any questions about these services, please contact your Eide Bailly professional or Anders Erickson, director of cyber security, at aerickson@eidebailly.com or 208.383.4731.