Protecting Your Data: Lessons From The Recent Snowflake Breach

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Nick Ashton

In light of the recent Snowflake breach (Read More) and other significant data incidents, it is crucial for individuals to take proactive steps to safeguard their personal information.

What happened?

The breaches, impacting tier one banks, Central Government departments and large hospitals have highlighted the vulnerabilities in even the most trusted institutions, affecting millions of people and exposing sensitive data.

Most impacted companies so far

  • Ticketmaster: Up to 560 million people were affected by a breach exposing personal and financial information.
  • Santander Bank: A breach impacted staff and up to 30 million customers, underlining the importance of securing customer data.
  • HMRC Child Benefits: A glitch affected 500,000 family claimants, demonstrating the risks associated with administrative errors.
  • London NHS Trust Hospitals: Life saving operations were cancelled, while critical medical test results and blood transfusion records of thousands were compromised, highlighting the dire consequences of inadequate data protection in healthcare.

Samuel Brown, Managing Partner of NorthCap Cyber, emphasises the importance of data protection:

“The protection of personal data is not just the responsibility of corporations but of individuals as well. Each person must take proactive measures to ensure their information remains secure. Awareness and vigilance are key in this digital age.”

Key Lessons and Steps for Data Protection

  1. Monitor Financial Accounts: Regularly check your bank and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions.
  2. Use Strong Passwords: Create complex passwords and change them regularly. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
  3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) at a minimum: This adds an extra layer of security, making it harder for attackers to gain access.
  4. Be Cautious with Phishing Scams: Be wary of unsolicited emails or messages asking for personal information. Verify the source before clicking on links or downloading attachments.
  5. Regularly Update Software: Keep your operating system, antivirus, and all software up to date to protect against vulnerabilities.
  6. Backup Data: Regularly backup important data to an external drive or secure cloud service.


Data breaches have become a common occurrence, and individuals must take the protection of their personal information seriously. By implementing the steps outlined above, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to cyber threats and ensure that your data remains secure.

For more information on where to start or discuss best practice in data protection, contact the NorthCap Cyber team here.

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