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Five Tips to Combat a Denial of Service Cyber Attack...

Who’s next? That’s a question probably lingering on the minds of many American banking executives these days. After all, eight U.S. banks were hammered by distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks in recent weeks and more could be in the works. A DDoS attack typically floods a website...

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Want to learn how you can save millions? Tune into our...

Do you want to save millions – or in some cases – tens of millions of dollars? In the first of our new podcast series, Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman of The Ponemon Institute, explains how.  Experian Data Breach Vice President Michael Bruemmer, one of our “Answer Men,” interviews Dr....

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Small to medium-sized businesses face a long recovery ...

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...

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5th Annual HIMSS Survey reports progress in medical da...

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...

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Data Privacy Day: A day to recognize data protection a...

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...

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Cyber Security Act of 2012 dies as an executive order ...

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...

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Little progress made in the prevention of medical data...

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...

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When it comes to data breach, hackers are not the bigg...

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...

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Online holiday shopping is also big business for fraud...

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...

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7 Things you should think about when you audit your re...

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...

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‘Tis the season for National Identity Theft Prevention...

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. ...

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The next big cyber security threat: Your fingers...

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...

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