Troubling statistics out of Washington, D.C., show why business owners must be on alert about cyber security, perhaps now more than ever. Officials from the FBI cautioned that nearly 519 million financial records in the United States have been stolen over the last 12 months by hackers. Within the past six months, 439 million have been taken.
The comments were made at an event this week hosted by a lobbying organization for the financial industry called Financial Services Roundtable. The organization’s president, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, noted that 100 million citizens have had their data breached in some way over the last year — a sobering thought given the fact that the country has a population of over 319 million. Data breaches come at a significant monetary cost for both the companies affected and all over the world. Of course, it takes a great deal of resources and time to uncover and recover from a hack, not to mention rebuilding customer trust.