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The Latest Worrisome Cyber Security Stats

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In the absence of comprehensive cyber security training, cyber threats can wreak havoc on businesses in seconds, as the time from knowledge of vulnerability to release of exploit is shrinking. And yet, many organizations remain ill-equipped to handle security attacks as they happen across platforms.

It’s been an eye-opening week for cyber security news and numbers — let’s take a deeper look, shall we?

99 Percent of Employees Prefer Personal Convenience Over Enterprise Security

According to a recent survey of 1,000+ full-time office workers by business cloud company Intermedia, 99% reported committing at least one action that could seriously threaten their company’s cyber security.

A few of the risky behaviors that workers admitted to (in other words, there’s likely other actions going unreported or unnoticed!):

  • Automatically saving work passwords on work devices instead of entering login credentials (96%)
  • Sending work documents to their personal email via their work email (64%)
  • Saving work documents to their desktop (57%)
  • Accessing company documents after leaving the company (49% of IT workers, up from 28% in 2015)

“When it comes to storing and sharing data and saving login credentials, employees prioritize personal convenience over security protocols,” the report concluded.

83 Percent of Physicians Have Dealt with Cyber Security Issues

Protecting Medical Devices from Cyber CriminalsAlmost four out of five physicians have experienced a form of cyber attacks, per new research by the American Medical Association (AMA) and Accenture.

The most common, which is also typically the first step in cyber attacks? Phishing — experienced by 55% of physicians who had an attack — followed by computer viruses (48%). This study also found that physicians from medium and large practices were twice as likely than those in small practices to experience these types of attacks.

For healthcare network engineers especially, where patient health could be on the line, it’s essential to have the latest cyber security training in order to protect and mitigate security risks.

Cyber Security Training is Your Best Defense

Establishing and enforcing basic security best practices is a given, but not enough on its own. After all, some of the largest cyber attacks to date wreaked havoc on corporations with well-documented security protocols in place.

So, how can you and your organization reduce these threats?

Stay ahead of the curve and ensure your organization is constantly aware and able to utilize the latest cyber security techniques through IEEE’s Cyber Security Tools for Today’s Environment training program.  It’s designed to train technical professionals across all industries who support their company’s IT departments and require up-to-date information on how to protect enterprise networks from potential security vulnerabilities.

IEEE is on the cutting edge of the development of many technologies, and our courses help save time and money for your entire technical staff. This cyber security training not only helps to protect a company’s systems, but it is also seen as a valuable professional development and career growth opportunity for engineers.

Not part of an organization? Individuals can enroll in IEEE courses on cyber security, too.

(2017). Intermedia’s Data Vulnerability Report: Data Loss. Intermedia.
(2017). Taking the Physician’s Pulse: Tackling Cyber Threats in Healthcare. Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Krauth, O. (2017, 13 Dec). 99% of office workers threaten their company’s cybersecurity. TechRepublic.
Terry, K. (2017, 12 Dec). Cyber Security Is a Serious Problem for Physicians: Survey. Medscape.
Goedert, J. (2017, 12 Dec). 83 percent of physicians have been hit by cybersecurity incidents. HealthData Management.
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10 of the Largest Corporate Hacks in Recent History

Corporate hacks and cyber attacks directed at organizations large and small have increased in both frequency and severity over the past few years, affecting billions of consumer accounts and costing companies from tens to hundreds of millions of dollars. Yet while the news continues to provide a steady stream of coverage detailing large-scale corporate hacks across all industries, cyber security remains underfunded by many organizations.

The timeline below highlights 10 major organizations hit by significant data breaches over the past five years. Although by no means an exhaustive list, these attacks serve as stark reminders of the importance of preventative measures to ensure cyber security.

10 of the Largest Corporate Hacks in History Infographic

Is your organization prepared to handle a cyber attack? Are you looking for ways to strengthen your organization’s cyber security? IEEE offers both cyber security and ethical hacking training to help organizations prepare. Learn more about organization pricing and request a quote here.


Roberts, J. & Lashinsky, A. (2017, June 22). Hacked: How Business Is Fighting Back Against the Explosion in Cybercrime. Fortune.

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