Equifax breach speaks to global concern, cyber expert says

SALT LAKE CITY — The recent data breach of one of the country’s three major credit reporting firms can serve as a stark reminder for businesses and individuals nationwide about the increasing threat posed by hackers around the globe.

Retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Col. Cedric Leighton said the implications of such a large, targeted cyberattack are the warning signs that show how vulnerable internet-based information systems are in today’s global society.

“The major effort is really going to be focused on how to protect one’s self during times where the geopolitical climate is changing around the world,” he said. “It’s all about mitigating risk and figuring out what’s best for individual businesses as well as — to some extent — society at large.”

Leighton will visit the Beehive State later this month as a guest lecturer for Bank of Utah. Leighton, who is a CNN military analyst and the chairman of a Washington D.C.-based global strategic risk consultancy firm — will be in Utah on Sept. 26-27 speaking to audiences from Logan to Lehi, including a noon speech in downtown Salt Lake City at the Grand American Hotel on Sept. 27.

He said the data compromise at Equifax could have a significant …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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