Sunday, September 20, 2020

Social Engineering Risk

Recently I posted about Accenture Strategy's assessment on "Securing the Digital Economy."

My closing advice was:

Worry. React. Invest.

This week I want to share a real world example of the risk.

Waterloo Brewing Ltd. is a brewery in Kitchener, Canada. Their 2019 annual revenue was just under $50M.

Then in November 2019 they got hit with a social engineering attack.

The Ontario brewery says the incident occurred in early November and involved the impersonation of a creditor employee and fraudulent wire transfer requests.

They lost $2.1M! That's more than 1/2 their quarterly EBITDA.

How would that look on your balance sheet?

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