Major security breaches are always going to gain the attention of IT professionals. Right now, the IT channel has been focused on what some are calling the biggest security breach in history known as the "Heartbleed" computing bug.
This is a piece of code that is used in two thirds of the world's websites to help create an encrypted connection between computers and mobile devices and the site's servers. However, there is a vulnerability in the code that hackers can exploit to read any and all sensitive information that is passing through this connection including passwords, emails and financial data.
While it was made public last week, it has been known about for nearly two years.
According to an article from Bloomberg, many organizations have found that it is taking longer than anticipated to recover from the fallout. This is because of the time and cost needed to restore user data and fix interruptions caused by suppliers and partners.
Team Snap, a Colorado-based sports website, applied a patch to fix the problem for their website that is used by 6 million individuals. However, within two days the site has experienced disruptions including images and data disappearing.
"It definitely snowballed, and I don't think any of us when it first happened imagined how many people would be touched in so many ways," Ken McDonald, Team Snap's vice president of customer acquisition, told the news source. "It's almost as though you're in neutral. We have this long list of things that customers want to improve, and instead of doing that you're just patching and communicating what's been going on."
This is something that every business is currently dealing with. Security minded VARs and MSPs can help any company overcome this. With the help of VAR Staffing, these solution providers can identify and recruit the impactful talent needed to make a difference.