An unsecured database is easy pickings for cybercriminals and a rookie mistake that could cost the survey company a client.
Employee errors that impact compliance in a heavily regulated industry pack a punch after regulators get to work.
Clients and employees won’t be happy about having this kind of personal information stolen – and neither will the Department of Health and Human Services.
Proprietary data like this is cybercriminal gold. It’s both useful for committing future cybercrime and quickly saleable in the busy dark web data markets.
Ransomware attacks against strategic targets like utilities and infrastructure targets as ransomware gangs try to score a big payday fast from targets that can’t afford downtime.