As you may well know, the city of Wichita, Kansas, was the target of a cyber attack in October. Their electronic procurement website was hacked, which exposed the personal and financial information of over 29,000 local businesses. Social Security, tax identification, and banking numbers were among the information stolen.

The city has worked to notify those whose information may have been hacked. However, we wanted to provide the affected businesses with a means to monitor and protect their business credit information. We pride ourselves in helping small businesses to thrive, and it’s imperative that the information within a business’s credit report be trustworthy. We decided to take a page from our action after South Carolina was hacked.

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Since Nov. 21st, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. has been offering our CreditAlert™ product to businesses affected by the breach. The product, the annual price of which is $199.00, will be free for the first six months. Even small changes to a business’s information, such as changing their address or telephone number, will alert the business owner that someone could be tampering with their information. This offer is only good through the end of 2013, so don’t delay in claiming CreditAlert for your business.

“Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is honored to offer help to the businesses who have fallen victim to this security breach.  Giving these employers the access to monitor the activity in their business credit file will give them back the power to stay in control of their business credit,” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO,  Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.  “These types of security breaches are becoming more and more commonplace and we recommend that businesses monitor their business credit on a regular basis to help avoid having their business become a victim of fraud, theft or even identity theft.”

Wichita businesses looking to sign up for CreditAlert™ can do so at www.DandB.com/Wichita, or by calling customer service toll-free 855-315-1464. 

Remember, this offer expires at the end of 2013. For Wichita business owners, monitoring business credit to ensure awareness of fraudulent activities targeting your business has never been more important.

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