American networking equipment vendor Belden announced that it has taken decisive measures to investigate and address a data incident involving unauthorized access and copying of some current and former employee data, as well as limited company information regarding some business partners.

Belden IT professionals recently detected unusual activity involving certain company servers. The company immediately activated its cybersecurity incident response plan, deployed teams of internal IT specialists, and engaged leading third-party cybersecurity forensic experts and other advisors to identify and mitigate the impact of this incident.

Forensics experts determined that Belden was the target of a sophisticated attack by a party outside the Company that accessed a limited number of Company file servers.

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This issue is not impacting production from Belden manufacturing plants, quality control or shipping, which are operating normally.

While the investigation continues, the company believes that it has stopped further unauthorized access of personal and business partner company data on its servers. Belden is currently working with regulatory and law enforcement officials to investigate the matter. Outside legal counsel has also been engaged to help the Company notify appropriate regulatory authorities around the world.

“Safety is always paramount at Belden and we take threats to the privacy of personal and company information very seriously,” said Roel Vestjens, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We regret any complications or inconvenience this incident may have caused and are offering assistance to those individuals who may have been impacted.”

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