Breach Prevention

10,000 identity fraud rings discovered in the Southeastern U.S.

Posted on Jan 22 2013 by

When people hear “identity fraud,” they usually conjure up images of a lone hacker furtively typing on a laptop.  However the reality is identity theft is largely committed by identity fraud rings composed of two or more criminals actively working together.  Currently in the U.S., there are more than 10,000 identity fraud rings and unlike […]


Chubb Survey discovers U.S. public companies’ number one fear

Posted on Jan 15 2013 by

In 2012, FBI Director Robert Mueller stated, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be. Even that is merging into one category: those that have been hacked and will be again.”  Given this warning, companies who are serious about protecting themselves from cyber thieves need to […]


Cyber Security Act of 2012 dies as an executive order is born

Posted on Jan 08 2013 by

The flickering hope that Congress would pass the Cyber Security Act of 2012 which addressed issues of national cyber security during its current lame duck session has been extinguished as the bill failed in a 51-47 vote.  (In order to pass, the bill needed 60 votes.)  The Defense Department and other key federal agencies consider […]


When it comes to data breach, hackers are not the biggest threat

Posted on Dec 27 2012 by

Human errors are the most common threats to exposing a person’s personal information to data breaches according to an analysis of reported data breaches by Rapid7, a security intelligence company. Rapid7 compiled the data breach information for the report based on the number of reported public information data breaches from January 2009 to May 2012 […]


Online holiday shopping is also big business for fraudsters

Posted on Dec 18 2012 by

According to EMC’s November 2012 fraud report, online holiday shopping is projected to account for 24% of the year’s total  e-commerce sales which is good news for retailers and unfortunately, it can also be good news for online con artists.  If 2012 is anything like 2011, retailers will need to increase their data protection and security […]


Infographic: The security of patient data in a virtual universe

Posted on Dec 13 2012 by


7 Things you should think about when you audit your response plan

Posted on Dec 13 2012 by

Now that your data breach response plan is in place and you’re confident that your company is safeguarded from malicious  data breach attempts, what can possibly be still the biggest threat to your data breach protection plan?  Answer: the plan itself. All the planning and preparation in the world won’t protect your business from a […]


‘Tis the season for National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness

Posted on Dec 04 2012 by

December is not only the shop ‘til you drop season, it’s also National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness month, reminding retailers and businesses that they need to not only protect themselves from a data breach but also make their employees aware of identity fraud scammers who target seasonal help.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, […]


The next big cyber security threat: Your fingers

Posted on Nov 27 2012 by

We’re all familiar with well-known causes of data security breaches and identity fraud; phishing, malware attacks, and lack of cyber security protection are some of the most popular.  A lesser-known but just as lethal culprit in the world of data breaches is surprisingly, a person’s typing skills due to the fact that a simple typo […]


Cyber thieves target retailers during the shop ‘til you drop season

Posted on Nov 20 2012 by

As we approach another season of shopping and consumerism, the retail industry should pay strict attention to the findings in the latest Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), an annual data breach information study conducted by the Verizon RISK Team (VERIS) with participation from the U.S. Secret Service and international national cyber security agencies in […]