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Last week the pub chain JD Wetherspoon announced that the card data of 100 customers was stolen from its database after being hacked. 

According to the BBC report "Very limited" credit and debit card information was accessed back in June. It has since been confirmed that the information that was taken could not be used for fraud. 

Other personal details such as names and email addresses of more than 650,000 people are thought to have been stolen. 

The breach has only come to light in the last week or so and The Information Commissioner's Office has been notified. According to reports only the last four digits of payment cards were obtained in the hack as the remaining digits were not stored on the company's local database. 

It is said that the hack occurred between the 15th and 17th June this year on the company's old website, which has since been replaced. 

Other big companies affected by cyber security issues in the last 12 months include Sony, Amazon, Hilton and, of course, TalkTalk.   

  • Sony had to pay staff up to $8million of compensation over a cyber attack.

  • The Hilton hotel chain's systems were compromised by a malware infection last December. 

  • Amazon recently advised customers to reset passwords as its systems may have been breached. 

  • TalkTalk predicts the total cost of dealing with its high-profile cyber attack is close to £35 million.  

So how secure is your key business data? If your customers information was stolen what would the consequences look like? How expensive is downtime for your business? If you are a business owner, these are all questions that you should be asking yourself.

What are the consequences of a cyber attack on your business?

  • Customer information will be subject to risk

  • Your customers lose trust in you as a provider/supplier

  • Your reputation is tarnished

  • Business operation is stopped with huge cost implications

  • You could be put out of business

  • Loss of company assets

  • Litigation

At ACS, we understand the importance of being prepared against cyber crime, and with high-quality solutions, we can help your organisation thrive knowing that your data is safe. We work very closely with industry specialists to provide penetration testing on both internal and external infrastructures so that we can see how secure your business is before we suggest solutions that will help. 

Once we have tested your environment we can provide a variety of security solutions for you:

  • Password management

  • Firewall implementation

  • Anti-virus and anti-spam solutions for end-points

  • Web content management 

Unfortunately, the threat of hackers isn't going away. So if you are concerned about the security of your business and aren't sure where to start, have a conversation with one of our specialists, they will be able to help.

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