Data Security

June 23, 2017
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The DocuSign malware attack that occurred in mid-May is noteworthy because it highlights a go-to tactic popular with cyber criminals at the moment: account takeovers.

Attackers will first steal email data or credentials and then use them to launch highly targeted phishing campaigns. The one-two punch targets anyone with an email address and is becoming increasingly common.

DocuSign confirmed...

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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 17, 2017
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Cyber security is a top concern for many organizations—and their corporate counsel. More than half of in-house counsel report greater investments in cyber security at their companies, according to a report from the Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation. One-third said their organizations had experienced a data breach already.

The high-profile dismissal of Yahoo’s chief...

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May 13, 2017
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A massive, fast-moving cyber attack has hit as many as 74 countries. The ransomware attack first appeared Friday morning in the United Kingdom and has impacted computer systems at a wide range of organizations including hospitals, telecom, universities and businesses.

According to news reports, the malicious software is a variant...

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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 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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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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