KRACK, as acronyms go, seemed an appropriate handle for last month’s WiFi security disclosure. After a quarter stuffed with bad security news, a new flaw in one of our most beloved technologies might have a few security pros on the verge of cracking. The showiest security disasters make news, but breaches happen every day to organizations of every type around the world. The attacker perpetrating the next big cybersecurity incident is probably already behind someone’s firewall. And while you should definitely patch your vulnerabilities and maybe even turn off your WiFi (ok, just kidding, no one’s going to turn off the WiFi), that’s not going to be enough. We need to change how we think about cybersecurity.
Identity theft is on the rise and the latest data breach from Equifax could bring an “avalanche” of cyber crime with losses of billions of dollars. These are times when the individual response of each one of us could urge our government to stop the growing crisis, and to change flawed credit application processes that lie at the core of it. The five steps described in this article are useful to those affected and whose privacy might be breached. A personal story highlights that identity theft is more common than people expect.
As of writing this article on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, yet another corporate mega-breach has been revealed and this time it's the credit-reporting agency, Equifax. Negligence, terrible communications, bad crisis management … someone's head is gonna roll.