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ST. LOUIS, MO -- March 16, 2023 -- ThrottleNet named the #1 Cybersecurity Firm in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly, is issuing a warning to area businesses and organizations to be aware of an increase in cyberattacks in 2023.


“Media outlets are reporting a large number of growing cyberattacks and several are of extreme nature,” said George Rosenthal, President of ThrottleNet. “These include breaches ranging from government agencies to union organizations, to school systems and even fast-food chain restaurants.”


According to Rosenthal, one breach occurred in mid-February with the U.S. Marshals Service which suffered a ransomware attack. “CBS News reported some of the service’s most sensitive information was compromised including law enforcement materials, personal information of employees and even potential targets of federal investigations.”


“Then there is Pipefitters Local 537 in Boston which suffered an attack that resulted in a loss of $6.4 million,” he said “SecurityWeek said the evidence so far points to compromised business email and the incident is under investigation by private and federal investigators.”


Denver Public Schools were victims of a damaging hacking incident at the beginning of 2023 Rosenthal added.  “Denver television station KUSA reported the hacking incident disclosed the personal information including Social Security and banking numbers of an estimated 15,000 system employees.”


Even popular fast-food restaurants are getting hacked. “Multiple media outlets including Nations Restaurant News reported Chick-fil-A confirmed over 71,000 customer accounts were breached in a month-long credential stuffing attack. “Threat actors gained use customers’ stored rewards balances and accessed their personal information including membership numbers, mobile pay numbers, and masked credit/debit card numbers. It can be a nightmare,” he said.


Rosenthal said most of these incidents can be avoided with proper team training and cyber due diligence. “Many solutions are obvious but often overlooked. These can include patching systems regularly to cover vulnerabilities, optimizing proper password and email protection with strong passwords used for every account, and the use of MFA (Multifactor Authentication).”


“However, cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated, and we recommend a more intense layered approach with EDR (endpoint detection and response) and DNS (domain name system), paired with a 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) to handle response and remediation of any threats. We call it MDR Managed Detection and Response.”


“Companies that can provide the right outsourced cybersecurity training and services, such as ThrottleNet, can help businesses avoid nearly all cyberattacks and protect what is most valuable to them, not only their data but also their people.”



Ranked as the #1 IT Firm for seven years in a row, and #1 Cybersecurity Firm in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly, ThrottleNet, Inc. understands the importance of cyber due diligence for business owners and offers comprehensive services to help protect your organization from potential cyber threats.ThrottleNet pays special attention to ensure all client cybersecurity and IT service needs are a top company priority. The firm constantly tracks its performance to verify they are meeting the highest levels of customer satisfaction. ThrottleNet has received over 338 Google reviews from happy clients with an average score of 4.9 out of 5. Whether it’s Cybersecurity, Managed Network Services (MNS), Virtual CIO, Managed Back-up, Cloud Computing, Mobile Apps, hardware or more, partnering with ThrottleNet will provide the highest protection for your assets and help you achieve your business goals.

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