Category Archives: Security

The Equifax Breach: Former White House CIO Believes Marketers Need To Be Engaged In Cybersecurity

From the Target breach to the Sony intrusion to the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack, the frequency and scale of cyberattacks is increasing. Last week’s admission by Equifax that sensitive consumer information was stolen is the latest, and arguably the worst breach we’ve seen to date. As we watch company after company essentially fumble these cybersecurity […]
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Hackers compromised free CCleaner software, Avast’s Piriform says

Hackers broke into British company Piriform’s free software for optimising computer performance last month potentially allowing them to control the devices of more than two million users, the company and independent researchers said on Monday. The malicious program was slipped into legitimate software called CCleaner, which is downloaded for personal computers and Android phones as […]
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Equifax: A Category 5 Cybersecurity Crisis Storm. Chances Are It Will Hit You

You would really think that by now companies in crisis could get it right the first time. But no, as Equifax announced its epic Category 5 Crisis — the cyber hack of 143 million consumers’ social security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, birthdates, addresses and credit card numbers affecting at least 44% of the American population — […]
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5 Reasons Cyber Security Is Failing and What P/C Insurers Can Do About It

Businesses are spending a small fortune on cyber security but what they are doing is not working very well, according to a cyber security expert who sees the insurance industry as a key to improving the situation. “We have a lot of money going into trying to address this problem,” David Garrett, founder of Tensyl […]
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100% of government IT workers said employees are biggest threat to cybersecurity

Only 14% of government organizations consider themselves to be well-protected against cyber threats, according to a report from Netwrix. Here’s why. The government sector lags behind others in implementing modern cybersecurity defenses, according to a new report from security firm Netwrix. This failure to update has led to an increase in breaches: 72% of government […]
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ALL THE WAYS US GOVERNMENT CYBERSECURITY FALLS FLAT

DATA BREACHES AND hacks of US government networks, once novel and shocking, have become a problematic fact of life over the last few years. So it makes sense that a cybersecurity analysis released today placed the government at 16 out of 18 in a ranking of industries, ahead of only telecommunications and educations. Healthcare, transportation, […]
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10 bad habits cybersecurity professionals must break

Cybersecurity workers face many challenges on the job. Here are 10 bad habits they must avoid in order to be most effective. Demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to rise, with the projected talent gap in the field reaching 1.8 million jobs by 2022. Those that take on these roles play a key role in the […]
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9 Factors To Ensure Your Cybersecurity Policy Works For Your Staff, Not Against Them

Companies and organizations are still struggling to deal with ransomware, a cyberattack in which user data is encrypted and held hostage, supposedly until a ransom is paid. This trend looks set to continue and perhaps even intensify. I often get asked by executive management about what they should be doing and what questions they need […]
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Staying in Front of Cybersecurity Innovation

Innovation is challenging for security teams because it encompasses two seemingly contradictory ideas: it’s happening too slowly and too quickly. Cyber attackers can launch thousands of attacks daily. Many of these same attackers don’t even need serious technical expertise to do so; they can simply purchase (or even rent) DIY hacking toolkits or subcontract the […]
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Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans — almost half the country. Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information — including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver’s licenses. Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. […]
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