The recent hack of nearly four million records from the United States Office of Personnel Management is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to cyber security in the U.S. Unfortunately, the country has been battling cyber crime for years and to only limited success. In fact, some cyber security experts would say the situation is dismal at best.
Just ask former director of the FBI Robert Mueller. Three years ago, Mueller warned the public as director of the supreme dangers of cyber crime. “Down the road,” he said, “the cyber threat will be the number one threat to the country.” Cyber crime will be so massive, in fact, that it could even surpass the threat of terrorism! If the head of the FBI is concerned, then so should we.
Mueller’s comments are regrettably backed up by recent data regarding cyber security in the U.S. Consider that:
- Half of major cyber security experts believe their own agencies will be the target of a cyber attack within a year and that 67% of them think their agencies will be unprepared to fend off the attack.
- The federal government has seen a 680% rise in computer breaches since 2009.
- In 2013, about 145,000 new malware programs for mobile devices alone were discovered, which was three times the amount discovered in 2012.
- A Kaspersky Lab and B2B International survey found that one third of respondents would never conduct financial transactions on a mobile device due to security concerns.
- Even social media are at risk. Nearly one out of 10 social media users received a cyber threat. Everyday, more than 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised.
For these reasons and more, computer repair and IT management services are important now more than ever for the security of one’s company. Computer services, IT support, and network repair are direly needed in the U.S. from businesses large and small. For more information about setting up computer repair and security services for your office, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.