Capital One had learned of the breach mid-July and announced the crisis as having involved over 100 million US citizens and 60 million Canadian citizens. The massive data breach crisis exposed customers and applicant’s personal information and compromised over 140,000 Social Security numbers. When asked what Capital One customers can do now to keep their credit safe, Belardo responded, “You should always be vigilant. Look at your credit report, see if there’s anything out of the ordinary, and report back to Capital One.”
The bank is currently reaching out to customers that have been affected but Belardo suggests customers freeze their credit report if they see something suspicious. Capital One is offering credit protection, but Belardo claims, “that doesn’t do very much, that’s like monitoring something after something happened.”
This breach however, is just one of many and during the discussion Belardo announced that he had recently received reports of seven other business data breaches.
“The challenge is a lot of companies see cybersecurity as a compliance checkbox issue and not as a true security measure.” explained Belardo, “We encourage companies to take a look at their data security and data protection for their customers.”
Eric is a former CISO and has approximately 30 years of experience in cybersecurity risk management, security operations center management, security architecture (COBIT, TOGAF, DODAF), application security, penetration testing and GRC. Eric Belardo LinkedIn.
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