Data Breach

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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October 20, 2017
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With less than eight months before the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into enforcement, there isn’t a moment to lose for subject companies. On May 25, 2018, inaction could cost up to 20 million euros or 4 percent of total worldwide annual revenue, whichever is higher.

To get you started, we’re sharing five tips from our GDPR Compliance Guide. After helping dozens of...

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October 4, 2017
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The astonishing rash of disclosures of data breaches at top-tier organizations continues. Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has joined Equifax and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in going public about a catastrophic loss of sensitive data.

Ironically, Deloitte a few years ago branched from its core auditing and tax services to high-end cybersecurity consulting. PricewaterhouseCoopers, another member of the Big Four...

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October 2, 2017
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The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout have released findings from a timely new study that reveals how people respond to a data breach. Their reactions: confusion, distrust, frustration, anger and anxiety.

When people were notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach, nearly half (49 percent) were confused about what to do. Many (31.5 percent) didn’t know where to turn for help. Three...

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September 25, 2017
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When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced.

Frankly, it...

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September 20, 2017
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There is no mistaking that, by now, most consumers have at least a passing awareness of cyber threats.

Two other things also are true: All too many people fail to take simple steps to stay safer online; and individuals who become a victim of identity theft, in whatever form, tend to be baffled about what to do...

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