A few keystrokes are all it takes.
All of a sudden, your most private information is in the hands of criminals. Your most personal information, banking details, social security numbers, your children’s information.
Yet, we’re still not prepared as it gets worse.
In fact, our digital over-dependence means that our risk is greater than ever before with new attacks surfacing all the time. Just in case you think hackers can’t get to you, it’s already happened. They’ve already been in your computer, accessing your most vital information.
While you’d think companies were better prepared for such situations, they’re not. Worse, the U.S. government isn’t even ready.
Over the last few days, the Trump Administration acknowledged reports of a cyberattack on the U.S. Treasury by a foreign government. “The hackers are suspected of targeting the Treasury Department as well as the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, a U.S. agency that is tasked with crafting internet and telecommunications policy, Reuters reported.”
Now, we’re learning the Energy Department and National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile was just hacked.
According to Politico, “The attack on DOE is the clearest sign yet that the hackers were able to access the networks belonging to a core part of the U.S. national security enterprise. The hackers are believed to have gained access to the federal agencies’ networks by compromising the software company SolarWinds, which sells IT management products to hundreds of government and private-sector clients.”
With that news, cybersecurity stocks are seeing some good attention.
Some of the top ones to keep an eye on are FireEye (FEYE), ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF (HACK), Palo Alta Networks (PANW), Crowdstrike Holdings Inc. (CRWD), and the Global X Cybersecurity ETF (BUG).