Tax time scams: adding to the joy

Posted on Apr 05 2011 by

More than 1500 tax scams reportedly target consumers and businesses through hundreds of thousands of scam emails; many use phishing to fool anxious taxpayers into visiting a scam website or providing personal and financial data in order to comply with tax filings. Protecting yourself starts by getting smart about common scams.


Consumers yawn at healthcare fraud

Posted on Mar 29 2011 by

Today's headlines trumpet yet another high-profile medical data breach, this time through Health Net. This corporate catastrophe reminds us of the increasing hazard of medical fraud, which is the most expensive and time consuming to resolve of all types of identity theft . The second annual National Study on Medical Identity Theft, fielded by the Ponemon Institute provides further insight into this pervasive problem and how it affects consumers.


Protecting your business from gift card fraud

Posted on Mar 22 2011 by

Gift cards are a growing market for businesses and should be treated as valuable sales currency, with the same risks of consumer fraud and internal misconduct that are posed by credit cards. Developing robust safeguards , proper auditing and early detection and reporting of abuse are critical to protecting a program that is popular with customers and profitable to retailers.


Scam report: shipping pirates

Posted on Mar 15 2011 by

With some precautions, your business can safely navigate through hazardous shipping channels without fear of data piracy.


Get ready for a new wave of breach notification laws

Posted on Mar 01 2011 by

For businesses that don’t comply with these new regulations, stiff penalties will be added to the burdensome costs of breaches (and how can you even tabulate costs like the loss of public trust?) The new regulations headed our way in 2011 provide one more reason for businesses to protect themselves from breaches, swiftly take action when a breach has been detected, and stay informed about the legal currents that are taking shape.


Develop a data breach response plan now to be ready to efficiently address a breach as soon as it is reported

Posted on Feb 22 2011 by

The proliferation of state data breach notification laws, substantive state information security laws (such as the Massachusetts data security standards), and FTC and private lawsuits on information security matters has led to heightened attention to information security in both IT budgets and staffing and in terms of legal resources. With budget pressures all around (not to mention time pressures and the pressures of other duties that in-house counsel already has), the question becomes: How can my organization lower the time and dollar costs associated with information security when there is a breach?


Data security law in 2011: States remain the center of attention

Posted on Feb 17 2011 by

While state laws requiring “reasonable” data security have had a positive impact, data breach notification laws have had the most profound effect on the improvement of data security. These laws have motivated companies – through negative incentives – to improve data security to avoid publicity, embarrassment, and the risk of notification.


10 ways that breaches burn business

Posted on Feb 15 2011 by

Don’t let your bottom line go up in flames: understand how security breaches impact your business and take aggressive action to avert disaster.


Understanding the risks of chip and PIN credit card verification

Posted on Feb 07 2011 by

The point of sale chip and PIN payment technology is believed to be a safer form of payment than the common magnetic striped credit card. The new technology uses a card with an embedded microchip that requires the consumer to enter a unique PIN through a reader to make payment. So why aren’t more businesses adopting this technology?


Stopping healthcare fraud with tools used in other industries

Posted on Feb 01 2011 by

A few weeks ago I discussed a few preventative measures a healthcare business can implement to protect itself from the damages of medical fraud.  However, the fight against medical fraud requires support from many groups, including the U.S. Government.  Bringing new tools to the fight, the Obama Administration recently announced aggressive new measures it is […]