A stern reminder about the need for computer network security was discovered in late May as a major California utility reportedly left a sensitive database open to anyone who wished to download it.
The Dangers of Unprotected Databases
According to Vickery, PG&E left an asset management database unprotected. The database apparently contained a detailed inventory of more than 45,000 computers used by PG&E in support of its operations.
Why Should You be Concerned With Data Breaches
Two things are very worrisome about this data breach. First of all, PG&E is a major energy provider in California. The company provides electricity in a 70,000 square mile region. Second, the public utility went on record after the breach to say that the aforementioned database was fake and non-sensitive.
Protect Your Business Assets with Secure Networks
Since electric utilities are considered to be part of the country’s critical infrastructure, this data breach is truly scary since cyber attacks against power grids could be used for terrorism purposes.
There is a lesson that local businesses in Apple Valley and Victorville can learn from this data breach. A network asset management database left open by a distracted sysadmin could be “datastrophic” for any firm.