2017

August 10, 2017
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With the announcement of Verizon Up, a new wireless rewards program that provides users with customer incentives, first-dibs opportunities on things like VIP tickets and other exclusive deals, we thought it was time to review how reward marketing plans work.

First, the good news: Verizon Up is free!

Like their intrusive cousin the loyalty program, reward-based marketing schemes usually...

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August 10, 2017
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In the past couple of years, third-party risk has grown from a topic only discussed by cybersecurity circles to a companywide concern. The tipping point may have been in 2014 when Target’s point-of-sale (POS) system was compromised, and the details of 110 million in-store customers were stolen.

How did the hackers do it? They were able to embed ...

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August 9, 2017
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The current cybersecurity climate makes it hard not to be cautious of phishing attacks. Forget reclaiming lost family fortunes or assisting Nigerian princes, today’s phishing scams are targeted, complex and incredibly prevalent.

It feels like a new, high-profile phishing attack is getting reported every other month. In May, Google Docs users were being targeted with malicious invitations to edit fictional documents. Before that...

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August 7, 2017
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If you work in Maine, Arizona, Texas or Alabama, you have a greater chance of malware encounters than in other states. Researchers with Malwarebytes found that geographic location matters when it comes to who gets targeted for malware attacks. These states have a higher rate of industries most often targeted for malware, including aerospace, automotive, health care, technology and oil and gas.

What’s more, geographic location...

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August 4, 2017
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“These apps are brutal,” Ondrej Krehel told me during a conversation about spyware, or “spouseware” as the software is sometimes called.

“It doesn’t matter what ‘intended use’ these app developers claim in their sales pitches. They are increasingly being used by teens to spy on their love interests,” Krehel said. “It’s quite prevalent.”

Krehel is CEO and founder of LIFARS, a digital forensics...

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July 27, 2017
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As we have seen in the headlines, insider threats are a constant challenge for government agencies. But the problem comes with one silver lining. Each time a successful insider threat strikes, it pushes agencies to bolster their cybersecurity programs. The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Change 2 is an example of just that...

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July 27, 2017
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Consumers face a grim reality when it comes to securing personal information. In the past year alone, 1.4 billion records were lost or stolen in data breaches.

Yet attempts to help become noise. Every day your customers are bombarded with news about everything from weak passwords to email scams and data breaches. They’re told their data is at risk wherever they share information. But are they really listening?

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July 26, 2017
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Another summer is ready to come to a close, but there’s still time to squeeze in one last vacation before fall.

Here are some important travel tips that you can use at any time of year to keep your identity safe from scammers and thieves.

Plan with caution – A travel scam can start the minute you begin planning for a trip. Browsing online for airfare or accommodations can lead you to dishonest sites. Some... Read More
July 24, 2017
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As prices come down, virtual private networks (VPNs) are becoming a must-have tool for many small and medium-size business owners. The growing popularity is a reflection of the chaotic times in enterprise computing, marked by malware and ransomware targeting vulnerable systems and a decentralized work force of globetrotting employees juggling several gadgets at once.

More SMB data is now stored in the cloud, too, often leaving...

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July 24, 2017
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Medical devices, such as such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and defibrillators, could become lethal in the hands of a hacker tampering with them remotely.

 A new study that shows medical devices—and patients—are vulnerable to cyber attacks is a wake-up call for manufacturers, according to a Silicon Valley software company that sponsored the study.

“Device...

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