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The Difference Between A Hack And A Breach

There are lots of ways your data can be compromised.

In the news, you may see some stories about data being hacked, while in others they talk about a breach. They are often used interchangeably, but in reality, they are quite different.

Quite simply, a hack involves malicious behavior, where cybercriminals find a way to compromise IT and steal data or hold it hostage.

Why Those Cybersecurity Tools May Not Be Keeping You As Safe As You Thought

When was the last time you downloaded a security patch the moment it was released?

Hours? Days? Weeks?

How vulnerable did that weakness make you while you put off the update?

According to tCell’s 2018 Security Report for In-Production Web Applications, even if you make the update the moment it’s released to you, it still takes on average 38 days for an organization to patch vulnerabilities.

Could Blockchain Prevent The Breach That’s Coming?

Two years ago, over 145 million Americans had their personal information hacked thanks to the Equifax breach.

Has anything changed?

Not Much.

A recently released report from the US General Accountability Office found that four of the biggest government organizations - the US Postal Service, the Social Security Office, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are still using “knowledge-based verification” authentication systems, even though they expose these agencies to widespread fraud.

The Importance Of Patches

Patch Tuesday (recently changed to Update Tuesday) is an unofficial term referencing Microsoft’s release of security patches for its operating systems and software products. It’s occurred the second Tuesday of every month since late 2003.

Of course, Microsoft doesn’t own the market on security issues; every system, every piece of software, every program is at risk.