Data Breach

January 17, 2018
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Right or wrong, Equifax was portrayed as the bad guy after its September 2017 announcement that it had been the victim of an unprecedented hack, in which thieves stole the personal data of 145.5 million consumers.

The Atlanta-based credit-reporting agency received plenty of blame, even more than the hackers who committed the theft. New York Times tech columnist...

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December 20, 2017
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Companies large and small expend a lot of time and effort shoring up their data-security defenses.

But scammers, ever vigilant, can go through the side door as well, exploiting accounts-payable departments with invoices for goods and services that are unwanted or even nonexistent. The goal is to fool or pressure an employee into cutting a real check for a fake charge, which can cost your business hundreds or even thousands of...

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December 8, 2017
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Think the past year was tough on your organization’s cyber security? Ransomware, DDos attacks and other exploits are only going to get worse.

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be bumpy ride—but with the right preparation, you can improve your organization’s cyber security posture.

Here’s our threat forecast for 2018:

Ransomware. Expect a decline in ransomware... Read More
December 8, 2017
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The time to integrate added security into our country’s personal identification system is upon us.

The Equifax data breach released into the wild 144 million unique U.S. Social Security numbers. Future verifications used to prove identity to a prospective employer, creditor or educational institution should combine biometric...

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November 27, 2017
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It should come as no surprise that small and medium-sized businesses are often more vulnerable to cyber attacks than large corporations. These businesses not only suffer from a lack of resources to protect themselves against cyber threats, but they also suffer from a lack of awareness that they could be targets of cyber criminals in the first place. More often than not, SMBs are more concerned with making payroll and getting their taxes filed versus implementing...

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November 17, 2017
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The Equifax breach serves as a cautionary tale for CEOs and board members.

The massive breach in September 2017 exposed the identifying information of more than 143 million people, led to congressional hearings and the resignation of CEO Rick Smith.

There is no arguing that we’ll be feeling the ramifications of this breach for a long time coming, and it should ultimately change the way...

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November 6, 2017
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Cyber Monday and Black Friday are right around the corner, and sales are expected to reach more than $682 billion, a 4 percent increase from last year.

The unfortunate reality is that scammers, too, are hoping to cash in on all the action. For the past three years, malware infections jumped by 99 percent from Black Friday to Christmas.

This potential fraud affects businesses small and large...

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November 3, 2017
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Did members of the royal family go under the knife at an upscale London plastic surgery clinic? A recent hack at London Bridge Plastic Surgery may reveal the answer to that—and many other questions you never thought to ask.

Setting aside the obvious follow-up questions (Do you care? Is it any of your...

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November 2, 2017
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Cyber security took the hot seat at the fifth annual Privacy XChange Forum, where industry leaders gather to set the privacy agenda for the year.

More than 150 delegates came together in Lake Las Vegas to participate in sessions with some of the most influential global experts on cyber crime, including:

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October 23, 2017
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When an emergency strikes, you might already have a plan, at least for most of the typical threats. Your plan can be highly detailed or very general, depending on the likelihood of the incident. If you live in a region known for tornadoes, you might already have an interior closet or basement room that’s designated as your shelter. If your part of the state is susceptible to wildfires, you might have a home evacuation plan. If you live in a coastal area, you...

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