2015

October 16, 2015
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There’s no question that data breaches are on the rise. Since the Identity Theft Resource Center first began tracking data breaches in 2005, more than 5,500 breaches have exposed more than 800 million consumer records to identity thieves and hackers. Fortunately, consumers aren’t taking action.

In a recent survey, the ITRC tracked consumer behavior to determine what people do when they learn about a data breach. The results...

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October 13, 2015
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Last month, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a milestone cyber security agreement.

Both superpowers agreed not to steal or enable the theft of intellectual property or other commercial trade secrets from each other.

Notably, the pact does not cover government-to-government...

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October 12, 2015
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In my forthcoming book, Swiped, partially excerpted below, I examine some  enterprise-level, cybersecurity best practices. These are the questions organizations need to ask themselves if they want to protect the data they are sitting on. Some of the considerations:

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October 5, 2015
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It's our favorite time of year again, when the air turns crisp, the leaves begin to fall, and thoughts turn to the many ways to bolster individual and business security as part of National Cyber Security Awareness month.

Now in its 12th year, this effort to help people stay safe online was marked with a ...

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October 5, 2015
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By Edward Iwata

Since the dawn of the Internet Age, technology giants have stormed into old industries. They’ve revolutionized business models. They’ve even crushed some traditional companies. Could the same scenario unfold in the insurance field?

Maybe.

A recent...

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October 2, 2015
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There’s been a lot of talk about cyber security lately, from email hacks at the Pentagon to breaches at insurance carrier databases. But big corporations and the government aren’t only at risk. Small and midsized businesses also must make data and network protection a top priority. If you still haven’t developed a plan to safeguard your company’s information assets, here are the top five reasons cyber security matters for SMBs.

1 – Your reputation...

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October 1, 2015
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The holidays may be months away, but shopping already is in full swing, especially online. More holiday shoppers are expected to research gift ideas and make purchases online. And a growing number are using multiple devices—leaving holiday shoppers vulnerable to fraud now more than ever. Here’s what you need to know to keep your customers safe.

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September 28, 2015
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Roughly one in six American job seekers have fallen for a scam when searching for work online, but victims are much more likely to be among the youngest Americans in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent survey. Considering that young people are generally seen to be more Internet-savvy than older people, it’s interesting that they’re more...

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September 25, 2015
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When it comes to data security and the real-life impact of identity theft, public awareness is at an all-time high. But there is still great confusion and ignorance about what it is, how it happens, and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of life after a data breach or personal compromise.

Most of us still feel flummoxed—and...

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September 22, 2015
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With more than 300 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s go-to online professional networking site. It’s a valuable resource for staying in touch with colleagues, searching for jobs and getting discovered by potential employers. It’s also a valuable resource for identity thieves because user profiles typically include a wealth of personally identifiable information (PII).

You can protect your PII on LinkedIn by making sure you have adjusted your privacy...

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