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Comments from Fujitsu - JD Wetherspoon attack

December 2015 by Fujitsu

Following the news that JD Wetherspoon was hit by a cyber-attack, please see below comments from Paul McEvatt, Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager, UK & Ireland at Fujitsu:

“Another day, another data breach – this time JD Wetherspoon is in the spotlight with the focus on the hospitality sector. This breach coupled with other recent breaches against large hotel chains such as Starwood and Hiltons suggest this is a focus area for criminals at the moment. The fact that 656,723 customer details were stolen in June and remained undetected until now highlights this is a continued issue. The amount of data and confidential information that is transacted every day, coupled with the growth in reliance on digital services, means that every organisation in any industry is at risk and a target for cyber criminals. Organisations need to consider the stark reality that a data breach will happen and ensure they have defence in depth controls but also are ready for when an incident will occur.

“With consumers battling to understand the on their personal information if a company is hacked, there is no room for error. According to research from Fujitsu, only 9% of consumers believe British organisations are doing enough to protect their data. So organisations need to ensure that they do more as cyber criminals continue to evolve, by remaining ahead of their competitors and robust in their security.”

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