76 million households and 7 million small businesses were impacted by this summer's data breach at JP Morgan Chase.
It was just one of many in a string of breaches. So what can companies like JP Morgan do to protect your information?
Heather Bearfield, group leader for National Technology Assurances Services Practice at Marcum LLP, joined NECN to answer just that. She also shared some valuable data protection tips.
Bearfield's company assists organizations with identifying vulnerabilities from both an internal and external perspective.
Bearfield says employees are the greatest continuous threat to organizations because malware can be unleashed through email links.
"Employee awareness is a hot topic and it has to be at the top of the list for everyone," said Bearfield.
According to Bearfield, hackers seek information based on what's trending at that particular point in time.
It's best to use a credit card over a debit card, Bearfield explained. Also beware of unsecured networks.