Year of the breach: 2011 in review

Posted on Dec 20 2011 by

Several high profile events throughout the year have kept the spotlight on the issue of data exposures, especially those where millions of consumers information was obtained by malicious hackers. Although the information involved, emails and passwords, does not rise to the level of a “personal identifying information” (PII) breach, it is definitely troubling that such a large number of consumers may become targets of phishing and related attacks, which do attempt to get consumers PII.

Holiday travel without data leaks

Posted on Dec 13 2011 by

The average value of a lost laptop is $49,246, a number based on several factors: replacement cost, detection, forensics, data breach, lost intellectual property costs, lost productivity and legal, consulting and regulatory expenses.

Avoiding holiday scams

Posted on Dec 06 2011 by

With the flood of online shoppers comes the accompanying tidal wave of fraudsters washing over the cheerful holiday landscape. Hidden behind the online mistletoe, cyber-thieves lurk with seasonal scams, virtual Scrooges with plans to spoil holiday shopping for consumers and retailers.

Data breaches make the hospitality industry less hospitable

Posted on Nov 16 2011 by

According to a new report by British insurance firm Willis Group Holdings, insurance claims for data theft worldwide jumped 56% last year, with the largest share of those attacks - 38% - targeting hotels, reports and tour companies. Why are hackers increasingly making themselves at home in the hospitality sector?

Honoring veterans by protecting their identities

Posted on Nov 10 2011 by

It is a cruel irony that service members who defend our country by fighting abroad are often most at risk from the threat of identity theft at home. Frequent deployments, relocation and the unique demands of military life create vulnerabilities for fraudsters to exploit, and military personnel can remain unaware that they have been targeted long after a crime has been perpetrated.

What consumers should know about data breach notification

Posted on Nov 02 2011 by

It can be unnerving to be told that your information has been compromised in a data breach. The uncertainty of not knowing all the details and the anxiety over what information has been exposed is deeply troubling to many consumers. A breach notice makes us aware of a new risk to our lives that we can’t measure easily.

Your biggest data breach risk may be on your payroll

Posted on Oct 25 2011 by

Data breaches may conjure images of malicious hackers and global cyber gangs, but often the worst breaches come at the hands of a company’s own employees.

Stealing data through doppelganger domains

Posted on Oct 18 2011 by

A new form of data hacking has been exposed by two researchers who found ways to easily penetrate Fortune 500 companies through mistyped email addresses.

Cyberdefense without coffee breaks

Posted on Oct 11 2011 by

Strong cyberdefense means strong planning to mitigate the risks of a breach and strong support to help your organization fight against hackers. The solution, experts say, is to shift from the goal of perfect security to active monitoring.

Cyber crime gets costlier

Posted on Oct 04 2011 by

The Ponemon Institute’s recently released “Second Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study” confirms that data breaches have become a more frequent and damaging hazard of business.