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The Holiday Season is Here, and So Are the Hackers

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The holiday season is a time for celebration. Unethical hackers and thieves also see it as a time for celebration for a different reason. Protect Your Business

We are all excited that November is here, and the holiday season is upon us.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is filled with festivities at many companies.  Many businesses are closed or operate with a skeleton staff on Black Friday.

Cyber Monday is a big shopping day on the internet, often from work!

Then we head into December and get ready for Christmas and the New Year.  A lot of people use their vacation time during the month of December.  There are lots of office parties and events.  The day before and after the holidays usually mean a lighter staff than normal and people are a little more relaxed than normal.

There are lots of sales online and offline that everyone takes advantage of.

Lots of fun, food, laughing and good times, and sales.

There’s another group of people who are excited about the holidays, but not for the same reasons.

The unethical hackers and thieves are ready for the holiday season because this is when we tend to let our guard down.

Some of the largest compromises and breaches occur immediately before or after a holiday, or on the weekend.

Phishing attack success rates go up because the attackers use sales and other holiday-themed emails and text messages to bait victims.

A report released by Infoblox in 2019 showed that 31% of retail IT professionals saw an increase in cyberattacks during the holiday season.  This often presented itself as phishing websites.

15% reported an increase in social media scams and 11% reported an increase in ransomware incidents.

Healthcare Practices are increasingly targeted right around the holiday as well.  Several larger HIPAA breaches were reported immediately before or after a major US holiday.

What Methods Do Attackers Use to Compromise Companies During the Holiday Season?

Here is a list of some of the more common methods for attacking businesses during the holiday season.  The success rates increase because of a relaxed and often thinly staffed office environment.

11 Ways Your Company Can Prevent Being Hacked During the Holidays

We put together a list of things your business can do to decrease your risk of being breached during the holiday season.

It’s important to understand that there is no foolproof method of preventing being breached. You can significantly decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim with these steps.

Cyber Security Awareness Month just wrapped up so hopefully, you took advantage of all the freely available materials to train your employees.

Happy Holidays Hopefully!

We don’t enjoy being the Negative Nelly of the holidays, but we also don’t want to see our small business friends fall victim to cybercrimes that are preventable.  We hope that you can enjoy this festive time of the year while maintaining your business’ data security and reputation.

Of course, let us know if we can assist in any way!


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