Data Breach

August 16, 2017
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Following on the heels of the two globe-spanning ransomware worms, the HBO hack—with its distinctive blackmail component—rounds out a summer of extortion-fueled hacks and destruction and theft of valuable data at an unprecedented scale.

WannaCry and Petya raced around the planet demanding ransoms after locking up servers at hundreds of organizations. The HBO hackers pilfered 1.5 terabytes of intellectual property and business...

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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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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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June 13, 2017
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More than ever, chief security officers are being held accountable for keeping their business safe. Phishing attacks, data breaches, ransomware and the ever-increasing access by employees to technology and data are driving this accountability. But there’s only so much that technology solutions can do to protect against threats.

What else should organizations do? It turns out that most breaches are the result of an employee...

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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 2, 2017
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The premature release of the new season of “Orange is the New Black” by hackers is no big deal. Really. You can see why producers made the calculation that stopping the “hack” was not even worth the alleged $66,000 or so the hackers demanded as “ransom,” according to TorrentFreak.

Why?

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March 1, 2017
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By now, most in the finance and insurance sectors have been introduced to the New York Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) imminent cybersecurity regulations. Rather than proffering a construct for another “voluntary” framework to accurately gauge cybersecurity risk, New York boldly sets forth a set of minimum standards by which to judge the...

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January 25, 2017
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San Francisco-based Bay Dynamics bills itself as a cyber risk analytics company focused on helping large enterprises measure, communicate and reduce cyber risk. The company is a rising contender in the “threat intelligence” space.

Founded in 2001 as a security and IT consulting firm, Bay Dynamics shifted in 2006 to creating its own security products, and in 2013 launched its current flagship product offering—Risk Fabric.

I had the chance to sit down with Steven Grossman, vice-...

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December 6, 2016
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Glass ceilings are not exclusive to the White House. The cyber security industry, too, is struggling to open career paths for women.

Although the number of women in the profession is growing, their proportion of the information security workforce—about 10 percent, according to a 2015 Frost and Sullivan...

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November 29, 2016
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Officials at U.K.-based Tesco Bank may wish to convey that the dust has settled regarding a stunning cyber attack in which thousands of patrons directly lost cold, hard cash.

But that certainly is not the case. In fact, the longer-term ramifications Tesco and its customers...

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