Cybersecurity

June 10, 2017
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Researchers agree—health care is now one of the top three targets for cyber attackers. No matter what type of health care facility you work in—a large research hospital, clinic, regional medical center, health insurance company, or a company that provides business or clinical services for health care—the data you work with is worth millions of dollars on the dark web. And attackers can hold a hospital hostage, almost instantly halt operations, and disrupt critical medical processes.

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June 9, 2017
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Vladimir Putin has been far more visible lately with statements on the Russian-U.S. election story. Well-schooled in the art of Russian linguistic vagary, he alternately has said that Russian freelance hackers may have been involved, or that a 3-year-old may have been involved, all with a taunting...

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June 6, 2017
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As the health care industry continues to digitize, data protection technology has not been able to keep pace. Unfortunately for industry participants, health care has become a top target for state-sponsored and free-agent hackers.

In fact, a study released by Michigan State University in April 2017 found that health care...

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May 30, 2017
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The WannaCry attack, the biggest ransomware attack in history, is not over. Companies in at least 150 countries have been impacted, leaving organizations around the world wondering if they might be affected by subsequent waves.

It’s critical to keep in mind that effective mitigation of ransomware (and similar) attacks is accomplished with ...

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May 26, 2017
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In the world of cybersecurity—particularly for small- and midsize businesses—progress tends to be achieved in fits and starts. Rare is the SMB that has the patience and focus to take a methodical approach to improving network security over an extended period.

So when news of the WannaCry outbreak grabbed the mainstream media’s attention recently, fear among SMBs spiked and attention turned to cyber issues. However, just as quickly, it seems, the pendulum appears to be swinging back...

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May 16, 2017
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Using innovative strategies, some companies may be erasing employee security training’s reputation for ineffectiveness.

Security training “got a bad rap, because it was so bad,” says Steve Conrad, the founder and managing director of MediaPro, a Bothell, Washington-based security awareness training company with such clients as Microsoft, Yahoo and Adobe.

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May 3, 2017
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The number of records compromised by cyber criminals is skyrocketing, according to findings of digital security giant Gemalto.

The Netherlands-based company says its 2016 Breach Level Index, a global database that tracks data breaches, found nearly 1.4 billion records were compromised worldwide last year—an 86 percent increase over 2015....

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May 1, 2017
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International business travelers take heed: Starting now, and even more so going forward, you’ll need to carefully consider how your computing devices serve as a conduit to sensitive company data.

This includes everything stored directly on your smartphones and laptops—and everything reachable from your personal computing devices that may be stored in the internet cloud.

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April 27, 2017
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There was at time 15 years ago when we fully expected the latest, coolest software to come riddled with aggravating bugs. Consumers were trained to expect that the software vendor would fix the glitches in version 1.1 or 1.2.

Software developers today remain under more pressure than ever to rush to market with the coolest functionalities. But those that do so create fresh vulnerabilities that cyber criminals pounce on to breach business networks and cause other havoc.

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April 6, 2017
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It’s no secret that cybersecurity has become a more pressing issue over the past decade. According to a PWC Global State of the Information Security Survey in 2015, the number of cybersecurity incidents has increased at an annual rate of 66 percent. Both the range and complexity of cyber threats are expanding—from ransomware to compromises of critical infrastructure.

Yet, when those threats materialize, too few businesses and...

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