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There are certainly many hackers with sophisticated technical skills and potent malicious technologies. These threats can seem akin to Leviathan — all powerful and insurmountable.
It can be easy to get caught up focusing on the Leviathan and miss the low-hanging fruit of cybersecurity. This low-hanging fruit consists of rather simple and easy-to-fix vulnerabilities and bad practices.
If the data is in the hands of traditional cyber criminals, the 18-month window of protection may not be enough to protect workers from harm down the line. “The data is sold off, and it could be a while before it’s used,” said Michael Sussmann, a partner in the privacy and data security practice at law firm Perkins Coie. “There’s often a very big delay before having a loss.”