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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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January 23, 2017
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As a partner at the Canadian law firm Borden Ladner Gervais, Éloïse Gratton advises her clients on legal, practical and ethical ways to protect an individual’s privacy while conducting business nationally and internationally. She has testified before Canada’s House of Commons and other federal bodies and conducted training workshops attended by judges and members of the Parliament.

ThirdCertainty sat down with Gratton just after she...

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January 1, 2017
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More organizations than ever, especially small and medium-size ones, will seek to account for the fast-rising risk of suffering a cyber attack in 2017 by buying a cyber liability policy.

The general state of security of U.S. business networks remains anemic when compared to the vast and growing capabilities of hackers with malicious intent. Companies are beginning to realize the value of offsetting this risk to an insurance...

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October 21, 2016
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Watching a larger-than-life Edward Snowden converse, in real time, with CyberScout Chief Privacy Officer Eduard Goodman at Boulders Resort here this week was a rare privilege.

Many in the audience of some 250 attendees of CyberScout’s Privacy XChange Forum 2016 shared my sense that we were witnessing history in the making. Here was a young American...

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September 9, 2016
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Flash quiz: What tool do humans use most often for sharing, collaborating, coordinating and archiving? Answer: Email.

And precisely because consumers and companies continue to rely so heavily on email, cyber criminals relentlessly exploit email as a favorite attack vector. Thus spear phishing remains the primary way intruders initiate Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks.

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August 24, 2016
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After years of extorting individual consumers on a global scale, ransomware  purveyors have turned their attention to much bigger fish: businesses.

For years, now, ransomware extortionists have profited handsomely from locking up the computer screens of millions of consumers with scams to sell bogus $79 antivirus cleanup services.

Now fresh intelligence from consultancy Deloitte, networking...

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July 29, 2016
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U.S. intelligence agencies have “high confidence” that the Russian government instigated the hack of the Democratic National Committee. Stolen emails were released by WikiLeaks, whose founder, Julian Assange, has said he does not want Hillary Clinton to win the presidential...

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July 18, 2016
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Owners of small and midsize businesses routinely take into account the risk of a fire burning down the building, or a customer or employee getting hurt on company property.

But what about exposure to botnets, data thieves, cyber scammers, hacktivists and disgruntled insiders?

Data is the new currency, and because SMBs now routinely collect, store and access sensitive and valuable data across...

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July 6, 2016
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Employers looking to dial up the correct mix of benefits in order to retain valued employees are increasingly including identity theft protection services as a perk.

Research firm Willis Towers Watson predicts identity theft protection, offered by 35 percent of employers in 2015, could double to nearly 70 percent by 2018, which would make it the fastest-...

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May 2, 2016
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It’s a trend reflecting the changing preferences of an increasingly diverse U.S. work force.

U.S. employers are increasingly offering so-called “voluntary benefits and services,” or VBS, as a carrot to retain valued employees. VBS includes things like critical-illness insurance, student loan repayment programs and even pet insurance, perks that are above and beyond core health care benefits.

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