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Imagine the following: Cyber criminals attack a credit reporting agency, compromising 143 million American records—one of the largest data breaches on record. While the attack is incredibly impactful, these cyber criminals, looking to cripple the financial sector, use the data breach as a smoke screen to surreptitiously attack the credit reporting agency’s data collection, analysis and reporting systems, which in totality ensure that no data produced by the reporting agency can be relied upon. Once discovered, the attack on the integrity of the agency’s data causes all credit data to be rendered useless, utterly devastating the entire financial market and causing widespread distrust of financial institutions across the world.

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