Data Breach

December 29, 2015
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Every year at about this time, technology reporters typically recount the big computer crimes from the past 12 months and proclaim “The Year of the Hacker” or some such moniker. This year, it fits.

Two years ago, the Target hack ushered in a new era of credit card theft awareness and ultimately helped inspire a big change in the way Americans use plastic. But as we all know,...

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November 19, 2015
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With 2015 about to go down as the year of the massive data breach, 2016 could emerge as the year cyber criminals turn their attention to exploiting myriad alternative paths to steal sensitive data.

Meanwhile, companies and individuals must guard against becoming complacent. That’s the consensus of a group of security and privacy thought leaders interviewed by ThirdCertainty.

The year is not...

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November 3, 2015
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Wonder what your business and customers can expect next year in the way of identity fraud and privacy trends?

We assembled a roundtable of experts at the third annual Privacy XChange Forum, a premier privacy and data security conference, to review the biggest identity theft trends and faux pas of 2015, as well as offer a forecast for 2016.

The panel included: Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center; Alex Cameron, a...

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November 2, 2015
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When an international hacker stole tax information from South Carolina’s department of revenue in 2012, at the time it was the largest cyber attack on a state government.

Ultimately, 75 gigabytes of data was stolen, impacting 6.4 million taxpayers, including 3.8 million adults and 1.9 million dependents, and 700,000 businesses.

Three years later, the department shared its story and breach lessons learned at the third annual Privacy XChange Forum, a...

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November 2, 2015
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Every day we hear about data breaches, whether they’re at the White House or our local bank. But it’s easy to confuse terms used to describe what’s happening: cyber crime, hacktivism, cyber war. What’s the difference?

Richard Clarke, former counterrorism czar for the United States, recently shared his system for understanding cyber crime—and two key ways to protect your businesses and customers—at the third annual...

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October 23, 2015
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Increasingly, in the aftermath of a big news data security item — whether it takes the form of a high-profile mega breach (think: Office of Personnel Management, Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target) or a low-tech data grab — an odd phenomenon happens. First, there is what you might call the “water cooler” phase — news of the breach comes up in casual conversation. As the news coverage quickly moves on to whatever else is happening in the world, those...

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October 19, 2015
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By Ryan Orsi

Today, hackers and cyber criminals have set their sights on the health care industry. Since the Ponemon Institute began its data security study five years ago, criminal attacks in health care are up 125 percent and are now the leading cause of data breaches. The study reports most organizations are unprepared for the threat and lack resources and...

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October 16, 2015
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There’s no question that data breaches are on the rise. Since the Identity Theft Resource Center first began tracking data breaches in 2005, more than 5,500 breaches have exposed more than 800 million consumer records to identity thieves and hackers. Fortunately, consumers aren’t taking action.

In a recent survey, the ITRC tracked consumer behavior to determine what people do when they learn about a data breach. The results...

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October 12, 2015
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In my forthcoming book, Swiped, partially excerpted below, I examine some  enterprise-level, cybersecurity best practices. These are the questions organizations need to ask themselves if they want to protect the data they are sitting on. Some of the considerations:

Does the organization use a... Read More
October 5, 2015
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It's our favorite time of year again, when the air turns crisp, the leaves begin to fall, and thoughts turn to the many ways to bolster individual and business security as part of National Cyber Security Awareness month.

Now in its 12th year, this effort to help people stay safe online was marked with a ...

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