Synopsis of the Attack
Back in the holiday season in December of 2013, the Target retail giant was breached when cybercriminals were able to steal 40 million credit and debit records and 70 million customer records. While this attack wasn’t the single largest security breach at the time, it was one of the largest and most impactful in history.
While the target of the attack was the Target retailer, the attackers didn’t go directly through Target’s network, but rather via a third-party vendor. During the attack, a malicious actor sent a message pretending to be from a trusted person or entity, manipulating the third-party employee and thereby causing a malicious file to be installed. As a result of this action, it enabled the hackers to exfiltrate sensitive information from the company servers. Of course, humans will always remain the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain.
The data breach highlighted one of the major business challenges that occur following the breach. The consequences of this attack were enormous including disruption to business operations, the cost of the settlement to the tune of millions of dollars, the lack of customers’ trust, and above all reputation damage. In addition to the settlement, the company was required to adopt proactive measures to secure customer data such as credit card information, hire an independent, qualified third-party, auditor/assessor to conduct a comprehensive security assessment, and other requirements. The victims of this and other high-profile data breaches have suffered horrendous fates.
What to Expect
Our team can be trusted to defend your organization by helping you provide a multi-layered set of mitigations to improve your organization’s resilience against phishing attacks while minimizing disruptions to business operations.
Our cybersecurity trusted advisors are available to help provide the necessary visibility across your entire network infrastructure and thus allowing for proactive threat detection and improved incident identification, robust investigation, and rapid resolution.
Additionally, our subject matter experts will help and guide your team to implement cost-saving measures to proactively identify, mitigate, and remediate security threats and potential attacks. In other words, the knowledge gained can be used to inform decisions regarding the enforcement of policy and best practices to stay protected against future attacks to a large extent.
Response, Impact, Root Cause Analysis, and Lessons Learned
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