A 17-year-old boy has admitted in court hacking the communications firm TalkTalk. The data breach in October 2015 compromised data belonging to thousands of customers using easily obtainable hacking software. The data accessed included email addresses, names and telephone numbers – as well as more than 20,000 sets of bank details. The boy is awaiting sentencing for offences under the Computer Misuse Act. Six other people were also arrested in connection with the attack, which cost TalkTalk £42 million – and landed them with a record fine of £400,000.
Data breaches Can Lead To Fines
If you use data – especially if that data is personal or commercially sensitive – you could be at risk from hackers. It is not just the loss, and the potential harm it can do to your system. Losing personal data such as bank details can result in a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office. It is clear that even small businesses need to take security seriously and take steps to protect themselves from hackers or industrial espionage.
Digitalquill – Information Security Experts
Help is at hand. Here at Digitalquill we are experts at securing systems. With the right combination of hardware, software ad policies we can keep your systems safe from prying eyes. Even if you are unlucky enough to suffer a data breach, you will be able to demonstrate that you have taken action to protect yourselves.
Most data breaches are down to human error, so we will work with you to ensure that your IT policies are up to date, and we can help you with software solutions to enforce password changes, or use biometrics to add an additional layer to security to your systems. If you have been hit by a virus or ransomware attack then we can clear your systems, and we can make sure your backup regime protects your valuable data and gets you back up to speed and making money again.
The right approach to information security can keep you safe from internal and external threats, and give you peace of mind. Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.