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Part 2: Hikvision Senior Director of Cybersecurity on 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Security Breach

August 26, 2020

Hikvision HikWire blog article Davis Breach part 2

Yesterday, Hikvision senior director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, covered a recent breach of more than 386 million user records online from 18 companies by a threat actor named ShinyHunters. Bleeping Computers originally posted about the breach, stating that ShinyHunters released the databases for free, “as they already made enough money from selling them in private sales.”

Hikvision’s Davis also reported on coverage by CSO online, in its article “The 15 biggest data breaches of the 21st century,” about recent breaches that affected millions of people.

From the CSO article: “Not long ago, a breach that compromised the data of a few million people would have been big news. Now, breaches that affect hundreds of millions or even billions of people are far too common. About 3.5 billion people saw their personal data stolen in the top two of 15 biggest breaches of this century alone. The smallest incident on this list involved the data of a mere 134 million people.”

So, given that large data security breaches are more common, how can you stay protected from this concern? Keep reading to learn tips to stay safe.

4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Security Breach
Below are four tips from Hikvision’s Davis to protect yourself from security breach:

  1. If you have an account on any of the sites that were breached, change your password immediately, even if the vendor doesn’t force you to change your password.
     
  2. Never reuse passwords. Every one of your accounts should have a unique, complex password. Learn more here about three rules for creating good passwords.
     
  3. Create, store and manage all of your passwords with a Password Manager. Read this Hikvision blog to learn more: “Hikvision Cybersecurity Director Discusses Password Management Strategies, Using Password Managers to Reduce Security Concerns.”
     
  4. Sign up for Have I Been Pwned to check if any of your accounts have been compromised in a data breach.

For additional cyber insights, check out our catalog of cybersecurity blogs to learn about trends, and prevent hacks, breach and other security concerns, at this link.

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