Southwestern Family of Companies Confirms Recent Data Breach | Console and Associates, P.C.

Southwestern Family of Companies Confirms Recent Data Breach | Console and Associates, P.C.

August 5, 2022 0 By administrator

On August 1, 2022, the Southwestern Family of Companies (“Southwestern”) confirmed that the company experienced a data breach after an unauthorized party gained access to sensitive consumer data contained on Southwestern’s network. News of the Southwestern breach is still fresh, and the company has not yet publicly released the data types compromised as a result of the attack. Thus, information about the breach is limited. However, recently, Southwestern sent out data breach letters to all affected parties, informing them of the incident and what they can do to protect themselves from identity theft and other frauds.

If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. To learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft and what your legal options are in the wake of the Southwestern data breach, please see our recent piece on the topic here.

The Details of the Southwestern Data Breach

According to an official notice filed by the company, on November 17, 2021, Southwestern detected suspicious activity across its IT systems. In response, with the assistance of cybersecurity professionals, Southwestern launched an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident, as well as whether it resulted in any consumer data being exposed.

On March 1, 2022, the company’s investigation revealed that an unauthorized person gained access to a limited number of files on the Southwestern network.

Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Southwestern then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted. Southwestern completed this review on June 21, 2022. The company’s official filing does not mention the specific data types that were compromised. However, state data breach reporting laws require companies to report a breach anytime a consumer’s name and one or more of the following data types are leaked: Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, or medical records. Thus, it is likely that the Southwestern breach involved one or more of these data types.

On August 1, 2022, Southwestern sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.

Founded in 1855, the Southwestern Family of Companies is a holding company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Southwestern Family of Companies owns and operates several smaller businesses, including the following:

  • Southwestern Legacy Insurance Group

  • Great American Opportunities

  • Southwestern Consulting

  • Southwestern Publishing Group

  • Southwestern Investment Group

  • Global Educational Concepts

  • Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America

  • Thinking Ahead

  • Southwestern Travel Group

Southwestern employs more than 150…

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