Data storage giant Western Digital confirmed a cyber security incident on March 26, which resulted in data being exfiltrated from its systems. The unauthorized third party gained access to "a number" of the company's internal systems and the nature and scope of the data obtained remains unclear.

Western Digital stated that the incident has caused and may continue to cause disruption to their business operations, and has downed their My Cloud network-attached storage (NAS) service. In response, the company is implementing proactive measures to secure their business operations and restore impacted infrastructure and services. They are also working with a cybersecurity firm and law enforcement to investigate the incident.

At this time, the identity of the attacker is unknown, and the incident has yet to be claimed by any major ransomware group.

How to Protect Your Business from Data Breaches

Chris Close, a cybersecurity expert with Cyber Sleuth Security’s Philadelphia office, recently spoke to a small business owner about how they can prevent data breaches.

“Businesses need to understand the importance of data security and how it can impact their business,” Chris said. “The best way to protect their data is to make sure they have the right security measures in place.”

Chris recommends businesses start by implementing strong password policies, such as requiring employees to use unique and secure passwords. “This will go a long way in preventing unauthorized access to your systems,” he said.

Chris also suggests using two-factor authentication for all accounts and regularly monitoring for suspicious activity. “This will ensure that any unauthorized access attempts can be identified quickly,” he said.

Finally, Chris recommends businesses educate their employees about data security. “It’s important for employees to understand the importance of protecting data, and how to do it,” he said. “This will go a long way in preventing data breaches.”


Western Digital says hackers stole data in ‘network security’ breach