Following the increase in the use of computers by companies from everything from, payroll, to accounting, and human resources a new breed of crime evolved, “cyber crime.” Today it presents extraordinary pain for businesses. When computers were first becoming standard in most enterprises, cyber criminals crawled out of their lairs to steal information and more from businesses.
As personal computers replaced mainframes, and businesses took to the cloud, opportunities for cyber criminals soared. Small and medium sized companies recognized the threats they faced operating a computer system and sought outside help to establish and keep up a vibrant cyber security program.
The Grafton Group is an established Florida private investigative company comprised of several principals with years of criminal, business, and personal investigative experience. We work from our offices located in Tampa Florida. We conduct investigations for businesses and individuals in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and surrounding areas. If you need Tampacyber investigators, contact us.
Cyber Crime is Rampant
Many business organizations maintain only cursory computer security as they believe the cost of building a strong cyber security shield is more expensive that taking a chance on a data breach.
These businesses are wrong! Just look at the following statistics provided by CBS News that were broadcast on March 3, 2015.
- There are 1.5 million annual cyber-attacks annually
- Per IBM, businesses are exposed to attack incidents an average of 16,856 times each
year, or 46 attacks each day – that is two attacks per hour
- Thankfully, most of these attacks fail. But about 1.7% succeed and that is a staggering
- In 2014, CBS tells us that 47% of adults in the United States had personal information
stolen. From 2012 to 2013 cyber crimes rose an astonishing 62% resulting in a 594%
increase in identity theft. The total amount of credit card fraud attributable to identity
theft in the US for 2013 was more than $18 billion dollars.
- In 2013, cyber crime cost 7% of organizations in the United States reported losses in
excess of $1million dollars and 19% had fraud losses of $50,000 or more.
Since nearly every company stores data about its customers ranging from email addresses to personal financial information, it is incumbent upon businesses to take preventative measures against cyber-attacks.
Businesses are especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks and should implement appropriate preventative measures following a security analysis and plan of corrective action created by an experienced firm of private investigators that deal with prevention and resolution of cyber crimes.
The Need for Cyber-Security
It only makes sense that businesses take appropriate steps to secure customer/client data. To do this, businesses need a security company comprised of Tampa Cyber Investigators to evaluate computer security and recommend appropriate actions for security their information.
Data breaches are extraordinarily expensive. Estimates are that it costs over $320 per record compromised by a cyber criminal. But that isn’t all – healthcare providers and their partner companies can be fined up to $50,000 per record breach by the Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies oversee other industries and if preventable breaches are the cause of customer or client information being breached – fines can follow from the Federal Trade Commission or other agencies.
The Grafton Group is a Tampa Private Investigators firm that enjoys a national reputation for excellence. It is fully licensed as are its lead investigators that supervise your case. Call for more information: 813-958-9438 or use our online contact form.