The Ashley Madison hack is a strange one. On the one hand, are people supposed to be happy that a website that encouraged infidelity has been negatively hit or should they be concerned?
No one yet knows who carried out the hack which saw the details of thousands of the sites members being leaked onto the Internet. Some may think that it’s good thing that such a sites users have been exposed and divorce lawyers are probably rubbing their hands together greedily as they anticipate an influx on new business. Others, however, are not happy at all about it. If Ashley Madison can be hacked and effectively ruined what’s to stop hackers from doing the same to other businesses?
All Businesses Are Vulnerable
No one is certain that the information that was leaked online is 100% reliable and yet despite that, the leak has created massive reputational damage.
Business leaders should be worried that even unverified information leaked by hackers can damage their organisations reputation and drag its name through the dirt. With the media increasingly hyping up cyber-attacks and data breaches, an organisation has never been so vulnerable.
In the face of the growing cyber threats, businesses can protect themselves by taking the right precautions. By using the experts at PGI Cyber a business can minimise the damage to its reputation and systems. Depending on the type of breach a business has suffered, PGI’s Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) has the ability to deploy virtually anywhere to manage an incident.
PGI’s cyber security experts provide incident response, malware analysis, digital forensics and information assurance advice on what measures need to be taken to secure a network and retrieve compromised data.
These skills also mean that they can preserve evidence which can be used for taking legal action later down the road.
A positive that can be taken from the Ashley Madison incident is that it has brought risks into the spotlight. Now that awareness of the dangers is rising, it is down to business leaders to take action to safeguard their organisations by learning from mistakes and deploying effective countermeasures.
Don’t become a target, invest in protection and seek the advice of the professionals such as those at PGI Cyber.
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