Wawa Announces Data Breach

Recently, Wawa released a statement in regards to an on-going security breach that has potentially affected all of its stores on the eastern seaboard. At different points in time after March 4, 2019, the malware began running on in-store payment processing systems. They stated that their information security team discovered malware on Wawa payment processing servers on December 10, 2019, and it was contained by December 12, 2019.

This dangerous malware affected customers' payment card information, including credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and cardholder names on payment cards. With Wawa announcing this disaster, it's important to understand the importance of security, and then take the proper steps to ensure your information is safe.

If you are a business owner, you might think that this type of security breach only happens to businesses like Wawa because they are large, have a multi-state presence, and are retail-based. While this is all true regarding their business, businesses of all sizes are a target. Hackers are looking for information, and that's what every single company possesses.

Even if your business doesn't have a PII (Personal Identifying Information) or PHI (Protected Health Information), and you don’t accept credit cards, you are still at risk. Every business’s network has information that would be target-rich for a criminal. This information can be in the form of date of birth, social security information for employees, and other times, it might be driver's license info, home address, cell phone number, or identifiable and valuable information that tracks back to a customer.

At the end of the day, all businesses have information that hackers want to obtain for harmful purposes. It's essential to be fully prepared.

Whether you have one computer or a thousand computers, your business is a target for criminals. No matter if you are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, or Seattle, Washington, you are at risk if you aren't taking the appropriate measures to keep information protected. They are looking for information in various forms. Fortunately, Lehigh Valley Technology Company has a wide variety of tools and services to protect your business as well as your reputation. Contact us today to learn more before you end up being a negative headline in the Morning Call, Express-Times, or Lehigh Valley Business!


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