Tue. Jan 22nd, 2019

The Marriott Hotel Data Breach

Have your eyes been glued to the news ever since the Marriott hotel data breach story was revealed this month?  Layer 7 Data Solutions has been following the story.

On Friday, November 30th, Marriott informed their customers of a major data breach that started in 2014 but was not discovered until a week ago. The breach potentially exposed personal information of up to 500 million accounts and affects customers who made bookings before September 10th. The information taken includes some combination of their name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, gender, and other information around their Starwood account.

Sadly, targeting business-to-consumer (B2C) brands, like the Marriott, is one of the most common methods cyber criminals use to steal your personal information. So, as a consumer, what can you do to protect your business and personal information? Strengthen your email security.

When it comes to accessing your business network and personal information, email is the number one tactic utilized by hackers. Why? Because malware sent via email can be very destructive; opening an email attachment or clicking on a link can be all it takes for accounts or devices to become comprimised. Therefore, securing your enterprise and email accounts against common attacks as well as attempts at unauthorized access to accounts or communications is crucial.

The good news is that blocking attacks doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. And while the techniques cyber criminals use continues to evolve, you can rest easy because the good guys, like us, have kept pace with techniques of our own.

We’ve come up with a list of 12 email security tips to protect your internal business and customer’s sensitive data.

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