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It started with a warning email last summer, from a security researcher who told Panera Bread that its website was exposing sensitive customer data. But after the problem went unfixed for months, the researcher went public with proof of the flaw. Another analyst said Panera's response was "half-baked."

University of Cincinnati Political Science Professor Richard Harknett warned congress last month that the U.S. remains at high risk for foreign intrusion in the upcoming midterm elections. 

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A cybersecurity breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, has compromised the personal data of about 143 million Americans, almost half the country. The company says the cyber thieves were able to steal social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses for a massive number of people.

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Today we live in a world where no one can take cybersecurity for granted. The danger of online hacks, cyber theft and company database breeches is real and the threat is virtually constant. Forty-three percent of cyber attacks target small business. And 60-percent of those of those companies go out business within six months of an attack.