Data Security

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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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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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 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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July 20, 2017
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What happened?

A new ransomware attack created computer chaos worldwide—though primarily in Europe —on June 27. The outbreak, dubbed both GoldenEye and Petya by researchers, is being compared to WannaCry. While antivirus firms and IT departments struggle to get the outbreak under control, there’s still some debate about how it works and how it spreads. But in some ways, the virus is even more powerful, and more nasty, than WannaCry.

The list of victims is...

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July 18, 2017
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The countdown has begun. In less than a year, tough new rules on data protection will come into effect for the European Union. For the first time, companies will be required to notify regulatory authorities, and potentially consumers, in the event of a significant cyber breach.

In elevating the rights of consumers, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a sea change in how companies will have to operate—and...

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July 16, 2017
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Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Wildfires. Mother Nature’s extraordinary powers of destruction leave survivors struggling to put their lives back together.

Many survivors are under tremendous stress and more vulnerable to fraud. Criminals know it. After a natural disaster strikes, there often is an uptick in disaster fraud, charitable solicitations fraud, price gouging and contractor and vendor fraud, according to...

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July 15, 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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