Small to medium-sized businesses face a long recovery road after a data breach

Posted on Feb 21 2013 by

Understanding why data breach preparedness is a priority is key. According to the latest Ponemon Institute Study, State of SMB Cyber Security Readiness: US Study, the road to recovery is long and hard for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) after a data breach.  Not only did the SMBs lose customers, costs to acquire new customers […]

Information Superiority can boost cybersecurity and prevent data breaches

Posted on Feb 14 2013 by

In today’s data driven world, information is king so if you are not armed with the same information as your competitor or worse, experience a data breach, an information imbalance can occur that puts you at a disadvantage. In the public sector, an information imbalance is also known as an “asymmetric threat” and can dramatically […]

5th Annual HIMSS Survey reports progress in medical data protection and security

Posted on Feb 06 2013 by

The recently released 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Security Survey reports a notable increase in security measures undertaken by U.S.hospitals to protect their electronic records from data breaches.  However, their counterparts in healthcare, private physician practices have not been as diligent in implementing cyber security measures to protect their electronic data from […]

Data Privacy Day: A day to recognize data protection and security awareness

Posted on Jan 28 2013 by

Today’s digital world has enabled us to enjoy and take advantage of all that the internet and digital communications have to offer, however, in our progressively connected society, the benefits also come with risks. In the United States, identity theft is the largest type of consumer fraud affecting more than 11 million people annually*. Online […]

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 […]

Little progress made in the prevention of medical data breaches

Posted on Jan 01 2013 by

Since stricter regulations were imposed in 2009, the healthcare industry’s track record on patient data protection and security has made very little improvement according to the latest study from Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)1.  The study reports that from 2009 to the first half of 2012, there have been 495 medical data breaches involving 21 […]

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 […]